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My Highest Mountain { with Link Up}

my highest mountain

Look, there on the mountains,the feet of one who brings good news,
who proclaims peace! Celebrate your festivals, Judah,
and fulfill your vows. No more will the wicked invade you;
they will be completely destroyed.

Nahum 1:15 NIV

 

When I read this verse, again and again, the one thing that comes to mind is how I am my own worst enemy and really struggle with inner peace. I don’t know about you, but sometimes my thoughts can get the best of me and the upheaval that is going on would shock the world.I had written a post {that I haven’t shared yet} about my inner battle with my thoughts. I am constantly bombarding my head with a negative stream of thoughts. Worries, your-not-good-enoughs, why did you do ____, and whatever might be passing though at the time.

There has been only one thing that I have found that even remotely helps bring me some peace from myself, and that’s time reading my bible.

Spending my time with the messenger {Jesus} that is always standing at the peak of my highest mountain has helped tremendously.

Taking a few minutes out each day to take a break from the constant stream of negativity that I deal with has given me some peace, even if it’s just short lived. The best way, that I am working on right now, to find everlasting peace, is to strengthen my relationship with the Lord. He is the one that will make sure I can celebrate peace and the one that will keep away all things that will disrupt it.

Visit my co hosts to see their thought on Nahum 1:15, but before you leave, link up some posts that you would like to share.

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Water for You Soul {Link Up}

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On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.”  John 7:37
During the times of doing these link ups and studying one verse at a time, I have found that sometimes God shows me tons of thoughts and at other times, He is very straight forward and literal. It never ceases to amazing me just how much, or how little, He wants me to see when doing these posts. Today’s post is one that is very straight forward and literal. God was not mixing words with me when writing this post.This is something that I know I struggle with and need to work on. My soul is feeling very week and tired.So, without further distraction…

Thirst can be excruciating at times, even more so than hunger. We feel tired, achy, and just plain horrible when we are so thirsty and dehydrated. We need water on a daily basis.

Our body needs water to live. Without it we will parish.

The same goes for our relationship with God.

Jesus was saying something that we all really need to pay attention to. When we are thirsty, we need to go to him and he will fill that thirst. He is always there to fill our thirst when we need him to.

Just like with water, {which we need daily} we need to turn to God on a daily basis. His word is the one thing that keeps our souls hydrated and fulfilled. Without God’s word, our souls shall parish.

Our relationship with God is very important.  If we do not drink from the living waters of His word on a daily basis…we are lost.  We need God to stay alive.  Jesus was trying to tell the people this.  It even says that he “said in a loud voice.”  Why would that line had been there if it was not important?  He wanted us to know where our fulfillment of thirst comes from.  He was very adamant about that.
Now, like I said earlier…I am struggling with going to God daily.  Life gets the best of me and I seem to get lost in all the chaos of the day to day.  Because of that I am feeling tired, rundown, and thirsty.  Not a thirst that water can satisfy.  It’s a soul thirst, one that only God can satisfy.
To fulfill that thirst….There is only one thing I can do…Spend time with Him.
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A Time for False Gratitude

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I love this time of year. November and December are my two favorite months. I love the thought of Thanksgiving and Christmas. The sights, sounds, and smells just warm my heart and fill me with so much joy.

There is one thing that bugs me about Thanksgiving though and I have to say that the false gratitude really gets to me.

I just LOVE {insert sarcasm} how I see people want to spout about the fact that they are doing 31 {14, or whatever} days of Gratitude on their Facebook profiles, but the rest of the year they do nothing but complain. They only show how grateful they are during the time of Thanksgiving. This lead me to  believe that their gratitude is fake. They are just doing it to get praise from others.

They might truly be grateful for the things they list, but I worry about their motives to share their gratitude.

Now, I can’t see how they could actually live a good life constantly complaining like they do all the time. I would think they have to be the most unhappy people on the face of this earth and search for joy in the attention of others during the holiday season.

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But, to me this time of gratitude that the are participating in is just false. They are only grateful during the time of Thanksgiving. Why would you only show your gratitude during ONE TIME OF THE YEAR?

To be grateful is to show gratitude EVERY. SINGLE. DAY! Even in times of hardship.

God doesn’t want us to show Him our gratitude just when we get what we want, or when there are gifts on the line, or when we could get attention from others.

No, He wants to see how happy and grateful we are all the time because the only attention that truly matters is the attention you give to Him.

Now, I am not saying that you must be in a good mood 24/7. That’s just not going to happen…trust me…I know. But, is your heart filled with gratitude and love 24/7??? That’s what truly matters.

What lies in your heart is the most important thing. If you don’t have a grateful heart then you don’t have a grateful life. They go together.

Gratitude brings more things to be grateful for. God loves your gratitude and faith so much, that He will bring more for you to be grateful for.

Or…you could just continue to complain and see what that brings you.

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Don’t be Miserable {Link Up}

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Have you ever been around someone that just seems to be miserable every single day? I am sure you have…we all have. They can bring your spirit down if you let them and ruin your day.

If you look at Proverbs 15:15 you will see why…

A miserable heart means a miserable life;
a cheerful heart fills the day with song.  Proverbs 15:15

I love how The Message translation talks about your heart and gives a warning. Our hearts are where Jesus lives. Don’t you want a heart that sings with JOY for Him and his son? I know that I do.

This verse at this time of year reminds me of Ebenezer Scrooge. He was a miserable person and brought nothing but loathing and hate with him everywhere he went. He was living a miserable life. Until one day…he saw the error of his ways and turned over a new leaf.

Are you paying attention to how your heart is and what you are putting out into the world?

Are you like Ebenezer Scrooge or do you let hope and joy reside in your heart???

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It’s really hard to live a life of worship and thanksgiving when you have a dark heart. It’s hard to be happy when you are filled with misery.

This is one of the most wonderful times of year. I know that my heart SINGS when Thanksgiving and Christmas come around. It’s filled with so much joy, love, gratitude, and hope. But, the struggle is to keep this frame of mind every day. It’s not always easy living in the world we live in, but it is doable. You just have to want to be happy.

Please visit my co hosts to see their thoughts on Proverbs 15:15 but first link up your blog post below.

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Just Rise Up Review

1401680151_bDawn has come and it’s time to get your day started. What do you do first? Do you, like me, jump in to all the daily to dos OR do you start your day with Jesus and put him first? In Just Rise Up! by Sarah Francis Martin, you are challenged to put Jesus first and to make him “Famous!”

Our personal agendas mean nothing to God and it’s show in this book that God will make sure that His goals and dreams for you will come before anything you might have planned.

Studying Pslam 145, you will learn how to put Jesus first in your life by acts of worship, prayer, praise, and even acts of service to others. Your relationship with God is THE MOST IMPORTANT thing that you could ever spend time on and there is one quote that I just loved;

His greatness doesn’t depend on what we think of Him, but out faith is greatly increased when we dwell on and love Him with grand thoughts.

This is such a wonderful way to look at things. Our relationship with God isn’t about making Him greater {He’s already great}, but instead about our faith.

Martin has included journal prompts to help you find your way to living life authentically and making Jesus famous in your life. Once he is famous in your life you can help others to make him famous in theirs.

I know that I need to work on putting Jesus first and this book will be a wonderful help. I tend to get stuck in the daily chores that I need to do as a mom and I can take a minute to slow down and hopefully show the world that Jesus is a part of my life by living a life for him.

{Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.}

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Inseparable Review

1401680232_bAnother wonderful book in the inScribed series is Inseparable by Ashley Linne. Inseparable is about who you are in Christ, not who WE think we are. We, a lot of times, feel that we are searching for our identity, but are we looking for it in the right place?

I love the new {well, new to me} bible study method that Linne lays out before us in this book. She has 5 main parts to her study; Prayer, Big Picture, Context, Original Audience, and Standout Moments. Her method is meant to be “understandable and straightforward.”

  • Prayer: Start with a prayer and ask God to show you everything He wants for you to know.
  • Big Picture: Read through the entire bible to get the big picture of God’s story. She encourages you to read through at least once in your life, if not every year and includes a bible reading plan at the end of the book.
  • Context: Ask yourself; Who, What, When, Where, and Why about the passage that you are reading.
  • Original Audience: When reading a passage of scripture ask yourself; What did it mean to the original people who it was meant for?
  • Standout Moments: What verses, passages, word, etc stand out to you when you are reading?

Using the book of Romans, Linne walks you through finding out who you REALLY are by finding your identity in Christ. This would be a great book for new Christians or teenagers, who we know are struggling to find who they are anyway. Let them find themselves in Christ and find out who they truly are without the unnecessary outside influence.

{Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.}

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Barren Among the Fruitful Review

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A New Book from the inScribed Series!!!

There is something that a lot of women think about when they are little…getting married and having kids. Not so much in the literal sense, but most little girls play with baby dolls and pretend to be “mommy.” What happens when you grow up and realized that you just might not be a mommy because you have to tend to infertility issues. In Barren Among the Fruitful by Amanda Hope Haley, she walks you through her story of dealing with infertility and finding hope through all the hard things that others had to say.

I have to say that I have never had to deal with the same issues that Haley has dealt with so it was a little bit hard for me to connect with her story. But, her message of hope and patience came through and broke any barriers that would be between myself and her story and really touched my heart. In everyone’s life there has been something that was wanted and hoped for so desperately. God uses these times to teach us a very important and necessary trait…patience.

This book is filled with stories of other women, not just Haley, that have dealt with infertility. The part that I loved the most though, was that Haley used things that others had said to her and turned them into the titles for her chapters. What better way to take something that was harsh and possibly hurtful, than to turn them around into something that offers hope and encouragement than to write about what you learned from what others had to say.

{Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.}

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