Saturday, January 13, 2018

#faithwalking

#faithwalking

Steve and I have talked about this so many times. 
We've talked about how "we/people" say that we trust God and that we are walking by faith, 
but are we really? 

I think the answer is......
when we're REALLY doing it, you KNOW it!
And the rest is just "church talk."

Here's what I mean......
We say we "trust God" with our finances, 
but put the light bill on a credit card before the payment is late.
We say we "trust God" with our kids, 
but barge in to solve their problems before we let God do the work that HE would choose.

So many of us (yes, me) take matters into our own hands
before we allow God to do HIS work,
to complete HIS plan for us.
We put our faith in earthly things like credit cards and other people.

Everywhere I turn lately, I run into Abraham.
Abraham trusting God,
leaving his homeland,
leaving the familiar, the comfortable, the planned,
not knowing where he was going,
going with only the assurance that God would be with him.
Abraham truly did some faithwalking.

Abraham (for the most part) walked with God,
waited for God to give direction,
waited for God to provide.
Even though Abraham had periods of waiting
(for the promised son),
times when it looked like God would be late
(almost sacrificing Isaac),
God did not fail him.
God provided (a new land, a son, a lamb).

I want to be like Abraham, I want to trust God like that.

Right now, Steve and I are truly faithwalking.
We have some things in our life that we are waiting on God to solve.
For some of those things there are no earthly solutions.
Only the intervention of God will do.

But for others, I can see how WE could fix them.
But where is the faith in that?

So my prayer is to not crack during the faithwalking.
I don't want to cave in and run to earthly solutions.
I want to hold steady until God shows HIS way and not mine.
I want to wait patiently for God, who is faithful.
HE will come through.

#faithwalking

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

DO NOT!

How many times have we read this verse?
How many times have we been obedient to it?
Yes, obedient.
Did you catch the key word in the first line?
COMMANDED

I usually take this verse as a cheer,
a coach's pep talk at half time,
"you can do it, now go show me what you've got!"

But that key word in the first line is not just an encouraging word,
not a word to rally the troops.
It says....COMMANDED.

What's the COMMAND in this verse?
be STRONG
be COURAGEOUS
do NOT  be terrified/afraid
do NOT be discouraged.

How's everybody doing with that?
Me?
Well, I do great with that when things are going well,
when things are going my way.

But how are we doing when things are not going "well"?
No place to live in 30  29 days?
No deposit?
Just lost your job?
No money to pay the light bill?
Kids running wild?
Someone you love is sick?
How are we doing with that command during those times?

Because the truth is.......that's when it counts,
that's when we really find out where our faith is.

But let's be honest.
When those hard times come most of us can be found with our heads hung down,
whining to anyone who will listen, crying, complaining,
wringing our hands, worrying, the list goes on......
All of those things are bad for us,
but they are also bad for those who are watching us.
What does it say to lost people when they see us falling apart?
I think it says that we were trusting in earthly things, earthly security.
I think it shows them that we say we trust God but we don't really mean it.

So how do we fix that?
We do what God told Joshua to do in these verses.
Obey the law, keep it always on your lips, meditate on it.
(Joshua 1:7-9)
The answer is the Word.
We need to be in the Word.
How's our quiet time? Our Bible study?
Are we spending time with HIM in HIS Word?
That's where our strength comes from. Instead of looking at our problems and seeing problems,
let's look at them and call them opportunity.
Opportunity to draw closer to HIM.
Opportunity to trust HIM.
Opportunity to point others to HIM.
Opportunity to prove to anyone who is watching that our God is real,
that HE will come through, in HIS time and in HIS way.

And remember,
HE PROMISED TO BE WITH US.
What else do we need?

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

What Did You Get?

If you've run into family or friends,
you've probably heard the question,
"What did you get?"

Not only has someone asked me,
but I have also asked several people since yesterday.

Christmas is exciting,
we are excited about what we got,
and also excited about what they got
(especially if it was something they really wanted).

But as we are asking our loved ones what they got this year,
maybe we should be pondering what we GAVE this year.

I had the special privilege of giving a gift yesterday
that moved someone to tears.
THAT brought more joy to me than anything I got.

So my question for all of you this Christmas is,
"What did you GIVE?"

Joy to someone who is hurting?
Forgiveness to someone who has wronged or hurt you?
Love to someone who is lonely?
A listening ear to someone who is troubled?
Understanding to someone who is misunderstood?
Time to someone who needs a friend?

I pray that as this Christmas season slips away,
that we're reminded of the joy that giving brings,
that we continue to look for ways to GIVE.

I hope that your Christmas was life-changing,
for you and for those around you.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Thanksgiving Before Not During

I'm pretty sure that I'm in the minority but,
yall, I need for Thanksgiving to come before Christmas,
not during Christmas.

I don't want Christmas music playing during Thanksgiving.
I don't want my Christmas tree up until the day after Thanksgiving.
I don't want to shop until after Thanksgiving
(ok, on Christmas Eve).
I LOVE Thanksgiving!
And lately it seems that it has become an afterthought,
a 2nd to the real holiday that we are celebrating (Christmas).

Please don't misunderstand,
I am not a Scrooge,
I love Christmas too.
I understand how important it is and what it represents.
But I think we should have Thanksgiving AND Christmas.

Ok, my rant is over.
But be warned that I'm pushing Thanksgiving this year. 

So in honor of Thanksgiving,
here is a THANKSGIVING addition FREEBIE.
I hope some of you can use it during this 
THANKSGIVING season :) 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

"FALL"ing Take 2

In my last blog post, 
I said that I was putting all of my FALL resources in that one post.
But.....
when I saw this candy corn clip art,
I HAD to make something else.
See how it was just begging for multiplication sentences??!!!

I made a packet that includes sentences 1x0 through 12x12
and 2 different recording sheets.

It's made to be leveled.
You can cut away only the yellow section
and have students make matches,
or you can cut all 3 sections apart
and have them completely build each sentence.
And.....if you made it this far 
then here is the recording sheet for FREE.
If you want to grab the whole pack,
just click on the picture below.
Happy Fall!

Friday, October 6, 2017

"FALL"ing

I FALL for FALL.
I love all things FALL,
the weather (when it finally cools off in Florida),
football, chili, sweatshirts and leggings <3 

I also love FALL resources,
there's just something about cute pumpkins and leaves on schoolwork.

I have spent the last week updating my fall resources
and wanted to put them all in one place.
So here they are.

If you make it all the way to the bottom of this post,
you'll find 3 FREEBIES.

Happy Fall Yall!

And now for the FREEBIES......

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Fun (and FREE) with Johnny Appleseed

I LOVE all things Fall and for me,
it gets kicked off with
Johnny Appleseed Day.
(Yes, I have taught with a pot on my head.)
Since September 26th will be here before we know it,
I just updated all of my old Johnny Appleseed activities.

And....if you scroll through all of them,
you will find a couple of FREEBIES at the end of this post :) 
If you made it this far....
here are the FREEBIES.


JOHNNY APPLESEED WORD BUILDING
Hope you found something that you can use with your students.
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