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Life Lessons in a Dead Battery

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It’s Thursday…..how’s your week going? I hope it’s been filled with pockets of joyful moments! I’ve had an amazing week! My friends and I had a pre-Bible study gathering just so we can plan out everything and I got to meet a few new ladies. We are starting Beth Moore’s – Believing God and I can’t wait to see how God moves in our group.

So, the week has been going great, that is until yesterday. I got in my car to go somewhere yesterday and it wouldn’t start. I thought, “That’s weird.” It’s a 2016 and I couldn’t imagine that the battery would be dead. Uhmm, so I called a friend and they came over and gave me a charge and let me borrow their jumper cables, just in case. I was able to get it going and then it shut off on me again. Meanwhile, I’m trying to put a trip together to go to North Carolina to help some of my family with a moving sell. Does my car not know that I need it work so I can leave? On top of that, I had to be at the airport in an hour to pick up my husband’s 93 year old grandmother and his aunt. Scream….well, no I didn’t LOL. I wanted to but I dropped everything I was doing and asked God to help me. I looked over and saw my son’s truck there. Light bulb??? I’ll just take his truck to get nana. Perfect, then I will deal with the car issue later.  I picked up nana and Aunt Rita and drove them back home. I called my son and asked if he would check out my battery when he got home. He called me and said he was able to start my car and took it up to the auto store and they checked it and everything was fine. Uhhmmm again….

So, here we are today. I went to go start my car and nothing. Absolutely nothing. I have a rental car I have to pick up at 1pm and a million other things to do and my car won’t start. Really?

The car rental place called me and said they don’t have the SUV that I wanted available. But I need it so I can bring some antiques from my family back home with me. So, the lady offered me a mini-van and she said it’s actually got more cargo room. BONUS! I can bring more stuff back with me LOL. Things might be looking up!

I called my husband, who is out of town, and he told me, go up to the auto store and buy you a set of cables to have in your car and then use Kyle’s truck to start your car, drive it to the rental place and pick up the rental. He said the car should have enough charge by then. Your battery isn’t dead. It sounds like a light got left on. So, it’s that simple. Why didn’t I think to have jumper cables in my car??

If you’ve been following me each week, then you know about me reviewing KariAnne Wood’s book , So Close to Amazing. This was a #soclose moment.

My favorite quote Chapter 6 is “You’ve got this,” I whispered. “It’s just a floor. These are just nails. They can’t keep winning forever.”

My battery is just like the issues that KariAnne had with her floor removal job in the book. God’s got this. He always does. I will fill you in next week when I get back from my trip. Can’t wait to share with you all my finds!

Have an amazing weekend!

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The Internet and a Mustard Seed

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Technology. What did we ever do without it for all of those years? Sometimes I love it and sometimes I can’t stand it. Like right now. I’m trying to write my posts for the week and I keep struggling with our internet. It works, it doesn’t work. Make up your mind Mr. Wifi. We are in the country but not that isolated like our last house. I bet my kids are watching an episode of Friends that they’ve seen a million times? Well, that can’t be the case because I’m here all alone LOL. So, off to call our phone company. They said they would be out within 24 hours. Grrrrh, seriously? This is when I took a step back and said, “Thank you, I really appreciate it!” I used this non-wifi time to start writing on some other things I have going on that I really didn’t have time for and to get a little more chores done that had been piling up. It’s those little God intervening moments that just hit us over the head and says “it’s time you take a break from all the craziness of your busy day, even if it’s just for a little while.” Do you know what I’m talking about?

Well, not even two hours later, guess who shows up? Mr. phone guy. YAY!! He was there maybe 30 minutes and found a piece of our wire that was fried due to a lightning storm from a while ago. Thank you Mr. phone guy! Simple, just like that.

I am now back in business which brings me to: Faith.   I had an issue and stepped out to the phone company to help me. Faith acts upon the prompting of the Lord. Hebrews 11:1 says this, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen”. I couldn’t see the issue I had with the wifi, but it took faith to make a phone call and for the phone guy to see it and fix it.

“We each have a measure of faith. Increasing it is not important; it’s using the faith that we’ve been given”. ~ Pastor Toby Cox

Happy Wednesday!!

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Letting Go

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Happy Friday Ya’ll!

So, if you missed my post last week, I mentioned that I was excited about being part of the launch team for KariAnne Wood’s new book that’s coming out in September. I finished reading Chapter 2 this week and if Chapter 1 didn’t make me feel like God tapped KariAnne (Check out her blog – Thistlewood Farm) on the shoulder and said invite Wendy Walker to be part of this, well then, Chapter 2 was spot on!

Do you ever have a situation arise and you believe it’s going to happen and then all of sudden doubt comes in and fear arises? Yep, that’s me! I start focusing on all that I need to do that I have lost sight of focusing all of my efforts on God instead. When my kids were little, I would rush around and always feel like I had to do everything. Not home stuff. I mean church stuff, friends stuff, stranger stuff, etc. You with me? I wanted to have the big “S” on the front of my shirt! Instead, I became drained all the time and worn out.

I turned to God and asked “What do you want me to do”? Praying about what he wants and the direction he wanted me to go allowed me to let go of all the unnecessary stuff that someone else could be doing. There’s so many others moms in the group. Why do I have to be the one to make the cupcakes all the time? My cupcakes are pretty amazing, but

Fast forward now several years and can I tell you how good it feels to “Let it go”! I have more time in my life now to do the things that God wants me to do. Isn’t that what we should be focusing on anyways?

I hope ya’ll have a great weekend and I can’t wait for ya’ll to read the book in September. It’s pretty amazing!!!! #soclosetoamazing

Blessings!

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The Daniel Plan – Faith & Nurturing Your Soul

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What’s this Daniel Plan thing all about?  Glad you asked….

The Daniel Plan is not just a silly diet that you do for 40 days and then go back to what you were doing before.  It’s a Lifestyle!!!

Many of us are disciplined when it comes to spiritual practices like reading our Bible or going to church, but we may not have that same discipline when it comes to caring for our physical health. Others are careful about eating habits, but ignore caring for the soul. But our spiritual health and physical well-being are intimately connected— and each can strengthen the other.

This week’s Bible Study introduces you to the new book and study, The Daniel Plan. The Daniel Plan is built on five essentials of faith, food, fitness, focus and friends. It is far more than a diet plan, but rather a program aimed at helping individuals develop an overall healthier lifestyle physically, mentally and spiritually. The title of the Daniel Plan was derived from the book of Daniel in the Bible, which gives the account of the prophet Daniel.

Watch the Brief Video of The Daniel Plan

 

I’m leading a group at my church on The Daniel Plan and would love for you to join me!  You can order the books and work along side me virtually.  I’ll be blogging about my experience over the next 40 days.  Actually, we will go a little longer so we can start our detox and get acclimated to ridding our bodies of the “bad stuff”.

These include: sugar of any kind, gluten, dairy and caffeine.   Most people find out that when they eliminate a certain food and re-introduce it, they realize they may a food sensitivity.

So, if you are like me and sick and tired of being sick and tired, join me on my journey to a healthy life!

I’ve given you the links to everything you need to get started!

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The prophet Daniel is a model in many ways of an individual who was strong in body, mind, heart and spirit and found his power, purpose and strength in devotion to God. In the first chapter of Daniel, the prophet challenges the king’s official guard to a health contest in which some young men would eat the king’s diet of rich food while Daniel and his three friends eat healthy fare including vegetables and water. For this reason, the Daniel Plan food essential is built on eating healthier, fresher and more natural foods.

In additional chapters, Daniel proves his strength further, showing he was fit to serve, whenever, wherever, under extreme difficulty, and in any and all circumstances. Daniel was recognized early for his potential and was chosen as a young boy to serve the king of Babylon. He diligently trained physically, intellectually, relationally, and spiritually with the purpose to be the best he could possibly be. This is an example of a healthy lifestyle under the Daniel Plan.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.Philippians 4:13

Video Notes

1. Life is a battle, because everything in the world is ____________

Read: Romans 7:15-17Romans 7:18-19Romans 7:23-25

2. Romans chapter 8 gives us six wonderful benefits of __________ in God’s Spirit.

Read: Romans 8:1-2

  • All change starts with ________________.
  • 
The second thing that helps us to change is the ________________.

Read: Romans 8:6; Romans 8:9; Romans 8:12Romans 8:24-26

  • We do this by ___________________.

Read: Romans 8:28a

  • God will work all for _________________.

Read Romans 8:31-32

  • God wants you to _________________ in your life.
  • God’s _____________ will never stop.

3. ______________ is the foundation of The Daniel Plan because faith is the foundation of every part of our lives.

  • True faith motivates us to do God’s will.
  • God’s Word provides important tools for overcoming 
obstacles in our lives.

4. Grace removes the burden of trying to ____________ a body that won’t last, and yet grace is the reason to honor it, every day that it does.

  • It’s not about the mirror; it’s about the one we’re trying to mirror.

5. Our health is about ____________.

  • That’s the focus of The Daniel Plan: harnessing God’s Word, spending time with it every day, and setting the tone for an abundant life.

Therefore honor God with your bodies. – 1 Corinthians 6:20b (NIV)

Discussion Questions

1. Pastor Rick talked about Paul’s struggle against his sinful nature, which he writes honestly about in Romans 7. Which of the five Essentials (Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus, or Friends) comes to mind when you read Romans 7: knowing what to do but not doing it?

2. Many of us wrestle with shame— feeling condemned or not good enough. If the Bible says that we have no condemnation, what does that mean to you personally?

3. Jimmy talked about the truth that grace means we don’t have to be perfect. Have you ever wrestled with perfectionism? If so, how has that impacted your relationships with God and others?

My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight; keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.Proverbs 4:20-22 (NIV)

Faith Next Steps

1. Pair up with a buddy. This will be your spiritual and encouragement partner for the study, your new Daniel Plan buddy. We have learned that people who do The Daniel Plan with another person 
or a group lose 50 percent more weight! Commit to checking in with each other throughout the week. Even a short text of encouragement is a loving way to let your buddy know you care. Now each of you answer this question: What are you hoping God will do during the 
next six weeks of this study? After sharing, pray briefly for each other.

2. Based on your conversation and prayer, select one of the verses from this week’s study that you think would be particularly encouraging to your partner.Share that verse with them by writing it on a card for them, or texting it to them. Call or text each other at least once during the week, and pray for each other during the week.

3. Pick a Bible verse from any part of today’s lesson. Write it down, and then read it every day. Try memorizing it and sharing with the group next time. Consider taking on this challenge: memorizing one verse each week during the six weeks of the study.

What Next?

Follow my BLOG as I’ll be posting my experience along with food and words of encouragement on a weekly basis.  You can also join my Facebook Page – Little House Simple Living and my Pinterest Page so you can enjoy recipes, tips, encouragement, etc.

Please be reading Ch. 1-3 once you get your books as that is where we will be starting.  Once a week, we will go over the study guide questions together.

*Source: The Daniel Plan

Prayer for Today

Father, thank you so much for what you’re going to do in our lives. Thank you in advance for giving us the desire to become healthier. We want to get well. We trust that by living out the biblical principles of The Daniel Plan, we will feel better, have more energy, and, Lord willing, live a healthier and longer life. Increase our faith so that we might be a better witness for your glory. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Sunday Sermons – Do We Believe This Book?

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We’ve been studying a series at my church about – “Do We Believe This Book?”, meaning, The Bible…….

Do we?

If so, then according to Luke 14:26-35, the scripture says that we should hate our father, mother, wife and children and brothers and sisters.  How can that be?  God is all about love, right?

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What the scriptures are saying is, it’s “LIKE” we hate our family so much that all we desire is God!  We need to love God with a superior love!!!

It becomes easy to love HIM, when we understand how much he does for us!!!

Ponder over those verses this week and really think about “Have you ever come to Jesus on HIS terms?

 

Sunday Blessings!!

Who Wants to Be Like Esther?

I started a new reading plan this month.  I’m following Courtney Joseph over at Women Living Well.  I’ll be “Blogging through the Bible” with a different book in the bible each week.  I would love it if you would join me!  It’s not too late to get started…..

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I’ll be posting on Fridays about the re-cap of the reading we had that week.  This week, we are reading the book of Esther.

 

When I think of Esther, I think of a beautiful young woman with lots of courage.  She was raised by her uncle Mordecai as her parents were deceased.

Prior to becoming queen, Esther had to undergo a year of preparations prior to her coronation (Esther 2:3, 12-13]. Esther underwent “a six-month treatment with oil of myrrh and six months with spices and ointments”. In ancient times, the average woman’s cosmetics were her anointing oil.  Esther bathed in this oil for twelve months before her presentation to the King.

Myrrh is still used today as an essential oil for immune system support and as an anti-inflammatory.

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I have a cousin who is an actress who played Esther in the bible movie that was released on tv back in April of this year.  Her name is Jen Lilley and the director could not have picked a better person to play Esther.  You can read about her here.

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The book of Esther clearly demonstrates God’s love for his people even when they are in a foreign land far away from the land of their inheritance. Have you noticed that the name of God is never mentioned in the book of Esther, nor is there any mention of any kind of worship.  I wander why that is?

God knew that the Jews were going to be in trouble, so he used Esther to influence the king and save people’s lives.  Mordecai told Esther that if she kept silent, deliverance for the Jews would still come from God; however, Esther would perish.  Esther called a fast of food and drink for three days.  She was courageous and said “If I perish, I perish”.

How do you relate to Esther?  Have you ever had to put your life on hold to save someone else’s?  I believe God has called us to look out for others and just love one another (John 13:34).  Just like Esther, I am trusting God with my life and will fear no man at all!

I hope you will join me in my daily devotion.  Please share your comments or any prayer requests that you may have.

 

Here’s the reading plan for the rest of this week:

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Here’s the entire month of September’s reading plan:

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You can print it here!

 

Be blessed!

 

Wendy

 

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