Your Most Important Message of the Day

You’ve checked your e-mail, your Instagram, and your Facebook, but have you checked your  Bible today?

If you haven’t you really should because your most important message of the day is most likely waiting there for you  🙂

No Bible?? You can get a free one for your phone or your tablet here -> YouVersion Bible App

The Resting Place

This is where I found my cat sleeping this morning.

Lately, I can’t seem to keep him off of my Bible.  It seems to have become his favorite resting place.

When I saw him so peacefully resting in my Bible it made me think of how it makes me feel when I open this book each day and read the special messages God has tucked inside for me.

No, it doesn’t make me fall asleep like Bart, but instead, HIs words fill me with peace.

The Bible is the place where I know I will always find my Jesus and the peace that only comes when I rest in HIm.

Where will you find your rest today?

Pigs, chickens and Goats! – Twelve Days of Giving Christmas Away

Pigs, chickens and Goats! - Twelve Days of Giving Christmas AwayYesterday I finally managed to get all of my Christmas presents wrapped except for one present for my daughter which I ordered online. I’ve been waiting patiently…. okay make that not so patiently for it to be delivered. I  received and email yesterday telling me it will be here by December 24, so Ugh and thank you Target for leaving me on pins and needles wondering if her gift will get here by Christmas.

I was thinking today about how I spend so much time searching for just the right gift for each person on my list. This gift is something I know she really wants and needs and also one I am excited to give her (I can’t say what it is here just in case she is reading my blog). I will be really disappointed if it doesn’t get here on time.

Finding the right gift for my kids seems a lot harder now that they are adults but shopping for my grand kids is easy. When I shop for them the gifts practically jump off the shelf into my cart and I have to stop myself from buying them too much.

Today I was looking once again through the Compassion Christmas catalog and noticed they have some pretty unique gifts in it.  They are gifts that are not your normal type of Christmas present.  While I am spoiling my grand kids with toys there are kids in the world who are asking for things like chickens, goats, and pigs for Christmas. For a family in poverty, gifts like these are truly needed and wanted, and they can provide food or be a way to generate income.  A goat can provide milk for a family, pigs reproduce very fast and can be sold or used as food.  A chicken can provide eggs to be eaten or sold in the market for income or even hatched into more chickens.

Oh and guess what?… When you purchase a gift from Compassion’s catalog if you would like, you can purchase the gift in honor of a friend or family member and they will receive a card via email or if you would like you can print it and to give it to them as a gift telling them you have purchased a gift in their honor. How cool is that?!

So with that said…. today’s 12 Days of Giving Christmas Away gift is ….

drum roll please….

the gift of pigs, chickens and goats

How cool will it be when your friend or family member opens their gift this year to find out that you have purchased a pig, chicken or goat in honor of them and then to know that you have helped a family in poverty to be more self-sufficient, have more income, and have healthier children!

Who would have ever thought a gift of a pig, chicken or goat could be the perfect gift?

If you would like to help a family by sending a pig, chicken or goat, just click picture of the gift you would like to send below.

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Well thats it for today, hope to see you back here tomorrow.  Have a wonderful day!

Terri Siebert

Other Posts in the ‘Twelve Days of Giving Christmas Away’ 

Day 1. A Very Special Music Monday –  Kickoff to Twelve Days of Giving Christmas Away

Day 2. Water of Life – 12 Days of Giving Christmas Away

Day 3. Giving Christmas Away ~ Feed  a Mother and Baby

Day 4. Twelve Days of Giving Christmas Away – Good Tidings of Great Joy and the Gift of the Bible

Today we are having a link up.  All you have to do is write a post about Christmas, click the blue ‘add your link’ button at the bottom of this post and then put the link to your post in. I put mine in to show you how it will look.

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12 Days of Giving Christmas Away ~ Good Tidings of Great Joy and the Gift of the Bible

The following blog post and video was posted in Compassion’s Sponsor e-news


 

This Christmas, we celebrate the 158,030 Compassion-assisted children who accepted Christ in 2015.

Source: Good Tidings of Great Joy


How awesome is that????? Lives are being changed!  Today’s 12 Days of Giving Christmas Away gift, is the gift of The Bible.  When you click the picture of the little girl with the Bible you can purchase a Bible for a child in his or her own language.  What a great gift that a child will read and treasure as they grow closer to Jesus Christ.

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And what a great way for you to give Christmas Away this year 🙂

Terri Siebert

Other Posts in this series, ‘Twelve Days of Giving Christmas Away’

A Very Special Music Monday –  Kickoff to Twelve Days of Giving Christmas Away

Water of Life – 12 Days of Giving Christmas Away

Giving Christmas Away ~ Feed  a Mother and Baby

Door Number 1 or Door Number 2?

This morning I overslept.

I hurriedly showered, styled my hair, put on makeup, grabbed myself a cup of coffee and a protein bar, and I headed for the door.

As I passed through my living room on my way out the door I happened to see my Bible laying on the coffee table, unopened.  20150720_110426-1

Suddenly the thought occurred to me that I had just spent time doing a bunch of stuff to get ready for my day, but everything I did was something that helps the outside of me to look better.  I had showered, fixed my hair and put on makeup all of which took about 45 minutes. How many minutes had I spend on making the inside of me better?

Zero…

I have all of these ‘self-help’ items in my home…

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Makeup

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Hair and skin products

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Blow dryer & Hair Straightener

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My Bible

Which of them is the most important? 

Door number 1?

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Was I really going to spend 45 minutes doing things that were probably not all that important and give zero minutes to what was most important?

If I could make time for my hair and makeup, surely I could make time for what is most important and what always makes the inside part of me better.

It’s what is inside of a person that really matters and besides ….when a person’s insides are good the outside will be too.

It was time to restart the start of my day.

I hope you are off to a great start this morning,and if your not it’s never too late to restart the start of your day.

Have a wonderful day,

T

How Well do you Know God?

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Have you ever had a friend that you can pretty much predict what they will say or do because you know them so well?  The more you are around someone the more you get to know them and know who they truly  are. The same goes for God, the more you spend time with him the more you will get to know him and know who he truly is.

Ask yourself today… What do I know about God?  Who is God?

I don’t mean just what you have heard about him but how well do you personally know him?  Do you know him from spending time in the Bible and spending time with Him or do you know only what other people have told you about Him?

If you want to be really good friends with someone you gotta take the time to get to know them personally.  The same goes for God, he loves you always but if you take the time to get to know Him personally He will be the best friend you ever had.

Get to know him today,

Blessings,

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Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13

To read the rest of the posts in this series you can click here – 31 Days of Hushin’ My Mouth

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To read the rest of the posts in this series you can click here – 31 Days of Hushin’ My Mouth

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I’m All In

 

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I took a trip through my Bible tonight and here are a few things I found along the way.

I hope you are as blessed by them as I am.

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Blessings,

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This post is part of the 31 day series ‘31 Days of Hushin’ My Mouth
To read the rest of the posts in the series click the picture below.

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A Silent Prayer of Peace

I want to start this post by saying I usually don’t mention names in my blog for the privacy of the people who I am writing about.  As you know this blog is about my journey with Jesus and sometimes I just can’t avoid people being able to recognize themselves or someone I have written about.  This story involves someone that I know is a follower of my blog.  Though I did not use names I am sure the person will most likely recognize himself and I just would like to say thank you for taking the time today to be obedient to God.  You made a big difference in my day and I admire your faith and the example that you set.

A Silent Prayer of Peace

When I wake up in the morning I usually reach over and grab my Bible off my nightstand and then I head to the kitchen where I grab a cup of coffee and settle into my favorite chair for one on one time with God…. but I didn’t do that today.

Today I overslept.

Today when I got out of bed I still swung by the kitchen for coffee but instead of heading for my Bible and God I instead headed to the shower.  After my shower I rushed off to work completely forgetting to have any sort of prayer what so ever.

This was a big mistake…

How could I remember the coffee but forget about God?? Why is it that I my brain says, “you need caffeine” instead of “you need God?”This is not a good way to start the day and I would not recommend it

This week has been an especially hard and stressful week, so this week of all weeks you think I would be clinging on to God a little extra tighter, but instead this morning I found myself running out the door away from God instead of running to God.

When I arrived at work today I felt really far behind because yesterday was one of those days that I spent spinning my wheels all day and I never seemed to get anything accomplished.  As the morning went on I found that just like yesterday, I did not seem to be getting anywhere fast today either.  As most of you know I work for church.  Most days it’s pretty quiet at the church and I don’t usually see to many people there during the week, but today it was very busy.  A lot of people were in and out and I kept talking to them, the phone kept ringing and it seemed like I just kept getting sidetracked from what I really needed to get done.. My wheels were spinning yet I wasn’t moving at all towards the finish line.

After a while things seemed to be settling down and I was finally alone in the office.  I was just beginning to focus on my work and I looked at the clock and saw that I had about 30 minutes left until I had to leave for the day.  With a little bit of focus I could possibly get something accomplished today…..

and then a man walked into the office.

He asked me if I would like to come into the sanctuary with him and kneel at the altar and have a moment of silent prayer.

I have never had anyone ask me to do that before so at first his request caught me by surprise (don’t forget I am still a bit of a newbie in this journey) I guess it never dawned on me that someone would request that I have silent prayer with them.  I have had people ask me to pray with them for them, but never ask me join in a silent prayer.  The most interesting part was that when I asked him what he wanted to pray about he said that all he wanted to do was to pray silently together with other Christians because he had read in the Bible that when two or more people get together and pray God is among them.

I will admit the first thought to my mind when he asked me to go pray was “I don’t have time for this right now’ but yet at the same time a voice inside was saying “Girl, you need to do this!”  and I knew I did.

So I said yes and told him I would meet him in the sanctuary. As I was entering the sanctuary I saw he was asking another lady to join us, she said yes right away never hesitating at all.  A few seconds later the three of us were kneeling at the alter in silent prayer.

We only prayed for about a minute or two but after that very small moment of prayer I realized I felt less rushed and more peaceful. I also realized during that time, that I had not taken time to be with God today. When I got back to my office I also realized that I was really not nearly as busy today as I had thought I was only a few moments ago.  I put my work away (the work that I thought I had a whole lot of earlier) and went outside to my car and prayed some more finally getting that precious time with the Lord that I needed.

I find that if I start my day with God I will pretty much talk to him most of the day and most of the time no matter what the day brings I feel peaceful, but if I don’t start out with him I tend to be off track and out of sorts until I do.

God is Faithful….Even though I had not taken time for God that morning, God still took the time for me.  I know He sent that man into my office.  I have been wondering all day if he knew that God had sent him.  I have no idea what he or the other woman prayed about during that minute of prayer but I do know that after we finished praying I felt ready to face my day and I also felt at peace. I find it really cool how God does that.  He knew what I needed today and he sent it. He knew I needed time with him so he sent someone to ask me to pray.

God knows what we need and when we need it.  It’s Him that we all need, and we need Him all of the time, not just when we think we have the time.

Father thank you for the people you have surrounded me with.  I know that there are days I get off track but you always seem to bring me back around.

Dear Readers.  My heart is heavy today, my sister’s boyfriend who was her best friend of 12 years passed away suddenly this past Saturday night.  He was only 37 years old and also left behind 2 young daughters.  His daughters and my sister are broken hearted at losing him. My sister has been ill for the past couple of years and he is always there for her taking her to the doctor, sitting by her bed when she is sick and just hanging out with her being her friend. Right now she seems so lost without him and it breaks my heart to see the pain she is going through.  Will you please add my sister and his family to your prayers?

Thank you for your prayers and for reading.

Blessings to you,

T

 

His Time Not Mine

Lately I have been going through a hard time.

Though I wake up each day and set out trying not dwell on my problems  lately I find them starting to get the best of me.  I also find myself being a big crybaby which is not usually my type of behavior.

I also have been doing a lot of thinking, praying and sole searching lately.  Today I think maybe I have realized part of my problem, here lately I have been feeling God calling me to do things that are way out of my comfort zone.  Not that I have never done anything for God out of my comfort zone before but lately he has been asking things that require a lot more braveness and stepping out in faith.

For the last 5 weeks I have been taking a Bible study class called “Discerning the voice of God” coincidence?  There is no such thing as coincidence and I know God put me there in that class for a reason.

While taking that study something has profoundly hit me and as I found out yesterday I am not the only one in the class who has been hit with this… I usually go into my prayer time talking to God.  I pray about a lot things never seeming to be able to shut up, I pray for others, and for his guidance, etc, etc.  My prayer time seems to me to be what I thought was a good amount of time spent with God.  But what has hit me all the sudden is the fact that I spend a lot of time talking and never being quiet to listen.

Would I walk up to a stranger and start asking for stuff?  Well if I never listen to God then how do I get to know him?  Wouldn’t that be like just expecting him to answer all my prayers and never actually taking the time to let him tell me what he wants?

God wants me to want to know him and  I do want to know him, at times I want to know him so bad it hurts.  How can I get to know him if I am flapping my mouth the whole time I am praying and never letting Him have a turn?

Over the course of the past five weeks I have been making a conscious effort to set quietly and keep my mouth shut.  In the beginning of all this I would hear cars go by, the clock ticking and of course for some reason my cat, Bart seems to be disturbed by me sitting quietly which usually turns into him getting right up in my face and meowing as loudly as he can in protest.

Gradually over the past few weeks I have noticed a change.  I am starting to hear God more loud and clear.  Another thing I am finding out is the more I get to know him the more the emotions run.  At times I get so overwhelmed by it all I just don’t know what to do with them so I tend to cry a lot.  Most of the crying is joy, but some is pain at the fact that I do not always do what he asks.  I also cry a lot because I am overwhelmed with the fact that He gives me these little jobs to do that I really feel unqualified to do.

The quiet little nudges I used to feel are now much louder and clearer and I can’t avoid them anymore.   Trusting he will equip me is my newest thing I am learning to do.

So today I got to thinking…I wonder if all the health and family issues that I seem to be bombarded with lately are being used as a tool to distract me from what God is calling me to do?  If I absorb myself in all the stuff going on I don’t have time to do or think about what he asks.   I am not looking for anyone to answer that question, I am just thinking out loud is all.  I am pretty sure God has already shown me the answer…things need to be done in His time not mine and it’s time.

 

All to Well

Today was one of those days that from the minute I woke in the morning I felt down, I felt sad and I felt discouraged.   I really do not have a reason for feeling that way other than sometimes I just wake up in that kind of mood and today was that kind of day.

I know that there is a cure for those kind of feelings but today I ignored the cure and instead of turning to God like I know I should have, I jumped out of bed and dove right into my busy life.  Though I was busy and rushing I was soon to find out that God had other plans today.  Right in the middle of my crazy rush of getting ready for my day God decided it was time for the two of us to have a meeting.

As I turned on my phone to check my email I noticed right there in between the email, facebook and twitter apps, (thank you God for knowing me all to well and catching me where you knew I would be) was my handy dandy YouVersion Bible app. I know it should not have surprised me at all that staring me right in the face was the Bible verse of the day and that today it seemed to be written just for me.

1 Peter 1:18-19  For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 

It still never fails to amaze me that he knows me so very well.

What happened next is typical me as usual I distracted easily and now this scripture had distracted me from my busy day and I began to read the rest of the chapter (another God you know me all to well moment).

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, 11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.

God is not the only one who knows were to meet me, sadly satan knows where the best places are to meet me at also. He seems to know what buttons to push and when things are going really great in my life it seems like that is the time satan seems to pull my past out of his magic trick bag and throw it out in front of me, trying his best to remind me of who I used to be.  Telling me his lies, trying to make the past somehow look good, hoping I may stumble or better yet take a fall.  Today easily could have been one of those kind of days but God showed me this…

13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober,  set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

Mind fully alert, sober, obedient, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance… ears open now, be holy, because I am holy….Yes God you have my full attention now.

17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors,  19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.

My faith and hope are not in anything or anyone, they can only be found in Jesus.

22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.

24 For,“All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall,
25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.” And this is the word that was preached to you. (Im pretty sure I needed a good preach’n to today).

Today as I read this scripture I was reminded of who I am now.  I am not the person I used to be.  I am redeemed, and saved by the blood of Jesus Christ.   The past is over and done and  I belong to Him now.  Not anybody or anything can ever take security I have in Jesus away from me.

I know for you that are still reading this post probably made no sense at all but to me it makes perfect sense.   That is how it is with God he speaks to each of us individually, he meets us each right were we are at.

For those of you who are still here reading this thank you for reading and God bless you.  🙂