Mindful Monday Devotional – A Lesson in Diligence!

The topic of this week’s Mindful Monday devotional came easy to me as I was pondering having finally reconnected with my junior and senior high school best friend after all these years (and neither of us are spring chickens any more).  I’ve been online since 1995, and since then I’d gotten in the habit of looking for her online occasionally when memories of her or high school in general arose.  Also, people from high school would often message me on Facebook asking me whatever happened to her. They knew we were really good friends in school and I guess they assumed I’d kept in touch (yes, old friends, I had tried).  Every now and then when I would get an email from Classmates.com I would go to the website and see if she had registered there yet (nope), or I’d check the friends list of mutual friends or acquaintances from high school to see if she was there.  I would tell all those who asked about her that I felt like she had fallen off the face of the earth (they agreed).

This past week after all that diligence, I’d found her and sent her a friend request (knowing I’d be pretty hurt if she refused it). I threw my fear of rejection and vulnerability aside and sent it.  A few days later she accepted it (whew) and since then we’ve shared a couple private messages and have caught up a little.  We’ve both been through a lot and in a few ways our lives had paralelled.  Well the painful parts anyway.

I was nervous because having seen her friends list and seeing a few classmates from school among them, my thoughts about my having seen her as my best and dearest friend back then (but that she must not have viewed me the same or she would have stayed in touch) felt confirmed. Since I joined Facebook nine years ago, I’ve always had my maiden name in my user name so my friends and I could find each other. I’ve realized she could have easily found me had she ever thought of me and tried, though she only goes by her married name (thus why it wasn’t easy to find her).

Hello?  My old fear of rejection and vulnerability?  Yes I remember you well and I hear you. I’ve come a LONG way since high school, however; and I’m much more confident and wiser since then, and though you are rearing your ugly head, I choose to turn those old tapes off.  You have no power over me any more. It was just a temporary glitch and I’ve already set it aside -no, flushed it down the toilet and plunged it… HARD and CONTINUOUSLY 🙂

BUT I’ve laid those thoughts and feelings aside and am just glad to have been back in touch and caught up on our life over the past…hmmm…37 years.  A lot can happen in a year, let alone 37!  After reading her message, I see she had been through a lot after high school too.

I hold memories of our friendship during those 6 years in school very dear.  We had so much fun, we made big plans for after high school together, and we had gotten saved a few weeks or so apart; and we were baptized back to back the same night.

So this was to me a lesson in diligence. I diligenty looked for her over the years and after a long time I finally found her. It means a lot to me regardless of whether she remains to stay in touch or not (and of course I hope she does), because it’s helped me lay some old nagging tapes aside, and it’s given me a little closure (ok well it’s a process -stop nagging me!)

Diligence is a hard lesson learned. A search for a long lost school mate is a big lesson in how diligent I should be for the One Who will NEVER leave me.  Who always yearns for our companionship and Who is always reaching out to us and wants us to reciprocate.  In my 30’s, I had 9 long years of backsliding where I didn’t reciprocate His friendship.  His calling out to me wanting my fellowship. I chose to sow my wild oats (and boy, did I) and ignore His calling out to me. How I must have hurt Him 🙁  THAT is a whole lot bigger hurt than I felt from Debbie (oops she goes by Deb now).  If He can forgive me of not only those years of sin, but ignoring His yearning for my fellowship and time after hanging on the cross and taking my punishment for eternity and reconciled me to the Father, certainly I can forgive and embrace my old friend.  I never did stop thinking of her and He CERTAINLY never forgot me.

Ok, so onto the Proverbs 31 commentary for the many ladies in my Facebook groups:

 

The commentary I’m sharing this week is from the Theology of Work website.   It discusses the Proverbs 31 Woman. Many of my readers who are in my Facebook groups, Christian Planner, Journal, and Craft Fellowhship, and Faith in His Word Bible Study Group will find this commentary really useful.  The latter is a sister group (and spin-off) of the former as there was a call in the former group to study the Bible together.  We began our first study 5 weeks ago and we are studying the Proverbs 31 woman.  It also addresses the wisdom of planning which both groups will relate to! 🙂

The Valiant Woman plans ahead. “She brings her food from far away” (Prov. 31:14), meaning that she doesn’t depend on last-minute convenience purchases of questionable quality and cost. She “considers a field” (Prov. 31:16) before buying it, investigating its long-term potential. She is planning to plant this particular field as a vineyard (Prov. 31:16), and vineyards don’t yield their first crop until two to three years after planting.[1]The point is that she makes decisions based on their long-term consequences. Proverbs 21:5 tells us that “the plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to want.”

Wise planning requires making decisions for the long-term, as seen for example in the cycle of agricultural asset management.

Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds; for riches do not last forever, nor a crown for all generations. When the grass is gone, and new growth appears, and the herbage of the mountains is gathered, the lambs will provide your clothing, and the goats the price of a field; there will be enough goats’ milk for your food, for the food of your household and nourishment for your servant-girls. (Prov. 27:23-27)

Like the Valiant Woman planting a vineyard, the wise herdsman thinks years ahead. So too, the wise king or governor takes a long-term view. “With an intelligent ruler there is lasting order” (Prov. 28:2). The proverbs also turn to the ant as an example of long-term diligence.

Go to the ant, you lazybones; consider its ways, and be wise. Without having any chief or officer or ruler, it prepares its food in summer, and gathers its sustenance in harvest. How long will you lie there, O lazybones? When will you rise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want, like an armed warrior. (Prov. 6:6-11)

Planning ahead takes many forms in workplaces. Financial planning is mentioned in Proverbs 24:27: “Prepare your work outside; get everything ready for you in the field; and after that build your house.” In other words, don’t start building your house until your fields are producing the necessary funds to finish your construction project. Jesus picked up on this in Luke 14:28-30: “Which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’”

There are many other forms of planning, and we can’t expect the proverbs to serve as a planning manual for a modern enterprise. But we can note again the link in proverbs between wisdom, in the form of planning, and God’s character.

The plans of the mind belong to mortals, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. (Prov. 16:1)

The human mind may devise many plans, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will be established. (Prov. 19:21)

God plans for the very long term, and we are wise to plan ahead also. But we must remain humble about our plans. Unlike God, we do not have the power to make all our plans come to pass. “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring” (Prov. 27:1). We plan with wisdom, speak with humility, and live in expectation that God’s plans are our ultimate desire.

Attention to long-term consequences may be the most important skill we can cultivate for success. For example, psychological research has shown that the ability to delay gratification—that is, the ability to make decisions based on longer-term results—is a far better predictor of success in school than IQ is.[2]Regrettably, Christians sometimes seem to take passages such as “Do not worry about tomorrow” (Matthew 6:34) to mean, “Do not plan ahead for tomorrow.” The Proverbs—alongside Jesus’ own words—show that this is both incorrect and self-indulgent. In fact, the entire Christian life, with its expectation of Christ’s return to perfect the kingdom of God, is a life of planning for the long-term.

 

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End of the Age Prophecy Updates for 5/6/18

End of the Age Updates 05-06-18

End of the Age Updates 05-06-18

Hello everyone! How are you all?  Finally enjoying this sunny weather?  It was such an odd April in terms of weather here in north central Ohio that I’m a little hesitant to say Spring is finally really here! lol  There are some lovely buds on the tree outside my window, so I hope that’s a good sign 🙂

If you watch nothing else in this post, please watch this first video by pastor J.D.  It’s very eye opening! If you’ve ever watched the first Left Behind movie (or read the book), listen to what he says in this video. Especially around the 15 minute mark relating to France’s Macron putting together a 10 nation group.  Remember the scene where Buck is in the meeting with the Antichrist and the leaders of the ten nations? Yeah…that one.  Watch him —->

 

Pastor J.D. Farag:

(Pastor J.D.’s Video List Here)

 

Amir Tsarfati:




(AMIR’S VIDEO LIST HERE)  (Amir’s Facebook here)

(Amir’s blog here)

 

John Haller from Fellowship Bible Chapel, Columbus, Ohio Prophecy Update:

John Haller’s Video List Here)

 

 

Joel C. Rosenberg:

(I really encourage you to follow his blog posts HERE and HERE).)

Joel is very intelligent and up to date on current events involving Israel (where he and his family now live, having made Aliyah there so they are duel citizens of the US andd Israel now), the Middle East, Russia, and others.  I own every book he’s written and have learned a great deal from him. You can find his books HERE, which I highly recommend!

Joel has a new book that’s fresh on the market called The Kremlin Conspiracy  I read it and look forward to the next in the series!

Check it out on Amazon! –>

(Joel has a great blog and Facebook group)

Track Bible Prophecy with Joel’s Blog regularly by clicking HERE

Joel’s Facebook Page

 

 

David Jeremiah:




(find more of this series in his video list!)

(David’s video list)

 

 

Calvary Melbourne Australia, Pastor Andrew Russell:


(Pastor Russell’s Video List Here)

 

 

Lamb and Lion Ministries (David Reagan and Nathan Jones):

(no new video this week)

Lamb & Lion Video List Here)

 

 

The Hal Lindsey Report:

Click on image below to pull up the current video on his website in a new tab—>

Hal Lindsey Reports 5-4-18

Hal’s Web Site Here

(Find Hal’s recent videos there on his web site. A lot of videos of his are being posted to YouTube that are old videos but given the current date. I’m going to start getting it from his web site. I can’t embed the video into my blog post here, but you can click on the screenshot above to pull up the current video in a new tab.)

 

Jack Hibbs:

(Jack’s Video List Here)

 

 

Jack Van Impe Presents:

(Jack’s Video List Here)

 

Chuck Missler:

Brother Missler went to be with the Lord this past week. What an amazing life and, even more an amazing ministry he had! I’m so glad we have his videos to still learn from thanks to the miracle of technology!

Chuck’s video list)

 

Prophecy in the News:

You can buy Dan’s book here:

The Mystery of the Jubilee: And other prophecies unsealed by [Goodwin, Daniel]

 

Prophecy in the News’ Video List Here)

 

Prophecy Watchers (Gary Stearman):


(Prophecy Watchers’ Video List Here)

 

Perry Stone (Manna-Fest/Voice of Evangelism):

Perry’s Video List here)

 

Shofar Ministries:

 


There are other updates at Shofar this past week, so check those out –>

(Shofar Ministries’ Video List Here)

 

Israeli News Live (Steven Ben DeNoon):


Several Other Videos by Steven this Week:

(Steven’s Video List Here)

 

 

The Superior Word Prophecy Update:

The Superior Word Video List Here)

 

 

SkyWatchTV News:



(SkyWatch Video List Here)

 

His Channel: May 03, 2018

(Click on image below to pull up this week’s video)

World News Briefing by His Channel

(His Channel Video List Here)

 

Jan Markell Olive Tree Ministries:




(Jan’s Video List Here)

 

Billy Crone:

(Billy’s Video List Here)

 

The Jerusalem Channel:

(no prophecy-related video this week)

(Jerusalem Channel’s Video List Here)

 

EternalRhythmFlow (Scotty Clarke):

(no new video this week)

(Scotty’s video list HERE) 

 

Tracking Headlines – 5/6/2018:

(Thanks to Tracking Bible Prophecy)

Israel fears ‘explosion of violence’ as US prepares to open embassy in Jerusalem

U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem ‘will come at a price,’ Israeli defense chief says

PLO Tells Its People to Resist Until Israel Is Destroyed by ‘Return’

Hamas fakes injuries, uses children in Gaza border protests

Palestinians plant Molotov cocktails by Gaza border fence

Six Hamas Men Killed in Gaza Explosion; Militant Group Blames Israel

Germany vows to support Israel if it gets on UN Security Council

Netanyahu, Putin to meet next week amid Syria tensions and ahead of Iran deadline

Netanyahu: Conflict with Iran better now than later

Netanyahu: Iran’s aggression to be halted at any costs

UK’s Johnson in bid to save Iran nuclear deal

The Iran deal is dead – Iran killed it

Russia warns return of ‘axis of resistance’ with Iran if deal collapses

Iran’s Rouhani warns US it will ‘regret’ pulling out of nuclear deal

Rouhani says plans in place for any Trump decision on Iran nuclear deal

Giuliani indicates Trump will nix Iran nuclear deal

Trump team hired Israeli firm to discredit Obama aides, Iran deal

Fred Fleitz: Obama ‘Blatantly Ignored’ Iran’s Nuclear Violations

France proposes new mechanism to assign blame for chemical attacks

Iraqi air force strike targets ISIS commanders’ position inside Syria

Tunisia holds first local elections since 2011 Arab Spring uprising

Polling begins in Lebanon’s first parliamentary election in 9 years

Lebanon heads to the polls today to decide: Will the country be Iranian or Arab

Turkish opposition candidate for president tells Erdogan ‘let’s race like men’

Nearly 1600 reported arrested in Russian anti-Putin protests

Thousands stage anti-Macron protest in Paris

French outrage after US President Trump mimics Paris attackers

White House slams China’s demands to US airlines as ‘Orwellian nonsense’

North Korea says US ruining mood of detente ahead of summit

Judge rejects Mueller’s request for delay in Russian troll farm case

With no letup in home prices, the California exodus surges

NASA advisers say SpaceX rocket technology could put lives at risk

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Hachijo-jima, Japan

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Santa Cruz, Chile

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Tadine, New Caledonia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kiunga, Papua New Guinea

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Sardinal, Costa Rica

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Gyegu, China

‘The whole island felt it’: Hawaii rocked by historic earthquake as new lava flows threaten homes

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano: Slow-moving lava destroys more homes as more eruption points open

Hawaii braces for long upheaval as erupting Kilauea boils

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 32,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 17,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Dozens of wild horses found dead amid Southwest drought

Tick And Mosquito Illnesses Tripled Since 2004 – Is Weather To Blame?

Criminals could alter their DNA to evade justice with new genetic editing tools

Tech workers are paying $7,000 to freeze their stem cells in hope of extending life

This handheld 3D printer can print skin onto people

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Doodle Challenge for May 2018

May 2018 Doodle Challenge

May 2018 Doodle Challenge

As the old saying goes, April showers bring May flowers.  I thought it would be a great idea to doodle flowers for May!  There are some flowers I’m unacquainted with, so this is also a great way to get to know flowers a little bit better.

I know this may be challenging, so I’m giving you two great resources!

2.  Also check out the drawing tutorials by Liz who is @bonjournal_  on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/bonjournal_/
     Liz is one of my favorite bullet journalers and she has a LOT of images on Instagram showing you step by step how to
    draw a lot of different flowers!  I spent a long time late last night downloading a lot of her tutorial pictures.  (I use an app
    called “Fast Save” -it used to be called InstaSave but had to change their name). She draws so many gorgeous flowers in
    her bullet journal!

This challenge is participated in by the members of my Facebook group, Christian Planner, Journal, and Craft Fellowship and any of you who would like to join us! You can join us in the group or join along on Instagram. The doodle challenge just started last month, so we are growing into it, but there’s a lot of fun going on in the group with it 🙂

Why do we doodle? Doodling helps improve our drawing skills so we can improve our Bible art journaling pages!

Click the thumbnail image below to pull up the full-sized PDF file for printing! –>

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Scripture Writing Plan for May 2018

May 2018 scripture writing plan thumbnail

May 2018 Scripture Writing Plan

For the past few months, our themes were renewal then growth.  For a healthy walk with God, it doesn’t end there.  We need to be steadfast in our faith and relationship with Christ.  So this month, our theme is steadfastness!

Use these passages to write out the scriptures and grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! 🙂

 

Click on the image below to pull up the full-sized PDF file for printing –>

May 2018 scripture writing plan thumbnail

 

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End of the Age Prophecy Updates for 4/22/18

End of the Age Updates for 4-22-18

End of the Age Updates for 4-22-18

 

Pastor J.D. Farag:

(Pastor J.D.’s Video List Here)

 

Amir Tsarfati:

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Mindful Monday Devotional -It’s About Your Attitude

Mindful Monday Devotions - It's about your attitude

Mindful Monday Devotions - It's about your attitude

This week’s Mindful Monday devotional is all about your attitude. Literally 🙂  This points at you and I both, so I’ll let you get right to it 🙂

(thanks to YouVersion for this devotional)

 

It’s About Attitude

Attitude determines so much of our lives. It governs the way we perceive the world and the way the world perceives us. It drives behavior and sets the tone for conversations. Attitude literally affects every area of our lives, yet most of us don’t have a good handle on it.

Attitude is defined as, “the way we think and feel about someone or something that affects our behavior.” Isn’t that so true? The way we feel about ourselves, others, failure, rejection, and success determines so many of our actions. It’s natural to base our actions on our feelings. But even though it “feels” right, having a feeling-based attitude can be destructive.

Feelings leave so much of our attitude up to chance. When circumstances leave us feeling bad, our negative attitude gives way to gossip and complaining. When situations and people leave us feeling good, our positive attitude allows us to find solutions and see opportunity.

God didn’t design our attitude to be based off of feelings but off of Christ. He is constant. His truth is unchanging and ever present. God has called us to a place of freedom, even in our attitude. This place doesn’t ignore our feelings, but doesn’t force us to be ruled by them either.

When we know and understand that God’s truth far outweighs earthly circumstances, we apply it to all areas of our life, including our attitude. His hope and truth becomes the anchor for our attitude instead of our feelings and circumstances.

As you go throughout your day begin to notice what situations affect your attitude. How does the outcome of each situation change your attitude? Can you imagine a life where you are still upset but have an attitude of joy and peace?

“Rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”
–Colossians 2:7 ESV

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”  –Colossians 3:17 ESV

 

 

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End of the Age Prophecy Updates for 4/15/18

End of the Age Updates for 4-15-18

End of the Age Updates for 4-15-18

I want to apologize for missing this post last week. My son was sick with a bug and passed it on to my husband then myself. I took Easter off from blogging on purpose in recognition of Resurrection Day.

Wow has a LOT been happening lately! It’s over my pay grade, so let’s see what these teachers and pastors say about it all!

 

Pastor J.D. Farag:

(Pastor J.D.’s Video List Here)

 

Amir Tsarfati:

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Doodle Challenge for April 2018

April 2018 Doodle Challenge

April 2018 Doodle Challenge

The April doodle challenge was tricky 🙂 It’s a big season for planting flowers in some areas of the world, but not really here in Ohio 🙂 So I depended on a few web sites that give a list of what “day” it is (such as April 2nd being International Autism Awareness Day, April 27th being Arbor Day, etc.).

This challenge is participated in by the members of my Facebook group, Christian Planner, Journal, and Craft Fellowship and any of you who would like to join us! You can join us in the group or join along on Instagram. The doodle challenge just started last month, so we are growing into it, but there’s a lot of fun going on in the group with it 🙂

Click the thumbnail image below to pull up the full-sized PDF file for printing! –>

 

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Mindful Monday Devotional – He Will Never Forget You!

Mindful Monday - He will never forget you

Mindful Monday - He will never forget you

Have you ever felt that you were just so insignificant in the big picture of the fast universe that it’s difficult to believe that God even knows who you are?  I think we all have, (yes, even you! Whether you admit it or not!)  I do quite often and the Lord reminds me every time that He loves me enough to die for me. What amazing grace!

I mean think about it. In all the history of the world and all the people who have been born onto it, how can little “me” mean anything to the creator of such a world?  But he does!  And not just a little bit, the Bible tells us in Luke 12:

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End of the Age Prophecy Updates for 3/25/18

End of the Age Updates for 3-25-18

End of the Age Updates for 3-25-18

Well Spring arrived this week -at least on the calendar 🙂  Someone needs to inform mother nature of that fact after the snow storm we had the other day 🙂  I hope it was my son’s last snow day of the school year. Not because I mind him being home, but because he loves school so much.  I hope you all are winding up your snowy-season schedules and ready for sweet Spring!  Here’s a wind up for you as well – a round up actually. Our end of the age updates for March, 25, 2018 🙂

 

Pastor J.D. Farag:

(Pastor J.D.’s Video List Here)

 

Amir Tsarfati:

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