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Toss or Keep – Time to Throw Stuff Out

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I don’t know why we accumulate so much junk throughout the years. I don’t know why we even keep some things. I find myself saying, “well I might need it someday”. Eventually we find ourselves surrounded by so much clutter we can’t hardly breathe.

The last 3 weekends, my husband and I have been having a “Toss or Keep” weekend. To be honest…. it has been mostly TOSS. We have hauled so much junk off that we have stored in our house, we should be ashamed of ourselves for keeping it for so long.

Last weekend we went through our littlest’s room and I was afraid he would throw a fit, but he did very well at our little “toss or keep” game. We cleared a bunch of broken toys out and even some of those toys that he has never played with and never will.

Do you have the same problem with keeping a hold of certain things in your life and you have a hard time throwing it out? I think we all do. I have to tell you that our bedroom feels so much better with less things. I think society makes you feel like you need so many possessions. I don’t know why that is. I mean I know I am not alone in this. You can take a stroll early on a Saturday morning and there will be yard sales signs papered all over town. People sorting things out and getting rid of things. But what I also see, is people attending these yard sales and collecting MORE things.

I try to stay away from yard sales. I have enough junk of my own, I don’t need someone else’s junk.

As we have been clearing out our house of unneeded possessions, I feel a weight lifting  off my shoulders. My daughter has mentioned several times that she likes going away to college because she lives very minimalistic. When she comes homes she feels choked out by all the items that surrounds her. I understand what she means.

As I was in church Sunday morning, my mind wandered, as it so often does at times. I have problems focusing at times, but this time, as my mind took a stroll I was thinking about the clearing of items and the weight being lifted, and the Lord spoke to me.

He said that we should do a little clearing in our hearts as well. Do you sometimes feel that weight of the world on your chest? Are you like me and allow those things in your life pull at you until you feel you can’t even stand up straight? Do you feel surrounded by situations in your life and you feel the walls around you are caving in? I do. A lot. The Lord told me that we need to do some soul cleaning. Empty out your heart and don’t allow all those struggles, fears, hurts, and frustrations fill every square inch of your inside.

Come to the Lord as an empty vessel, and allow him to fill you with what He feels you need. Empty out all your clutter. When you have all those “things” swimming inside you it causes stress, anxiety, and anger. None of those emotions will do you any good. When you fill up that space with all those negative objects, there isn’t any room for God.

Make room in your heart for God today. Haul off all those items that you have piling up inside and burn it. Don’t just haul it off so maybe you can pick it back up again, but haul it off and burn it till there is nothing but ashes left.

I pray that you can come to the Lord empty and ready to be filled with all His wonderful blessings. I love the Lord, and I don’t know about you but, I don’t want junk floating around on my inside. May God Bless you.

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2018 Bucket List

Updated my 2018 bucket list. Checked a few more things off and added a few pics. it is June. I only have 6 more months to get these things checked off.

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I finished quite a bit on my 2017 Bucket list. I am getting this out 2 weeks early because to be honest, I really don’t think I’ll have time to mark anything else off my list. So I might as well get my other list out there. The things I didn’t complete in 2017 I added them to this list, but of course I added a bunch more. I found that making a Bucket list was a lot of fun. It also help me look forward to something. Our lives become so mundane, and if I don’t keep my mind busy and focused on something, I forget to be happy. I know that sounds crazy. How can someone forget to be happy? I do, and it is struggle every day to remain positive. I feel that it gets easier every day, but I still have to practice. Making a bucket list of…

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Life Gets Way To Busy – Make Time For God

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It has been so busy lately, I feel I can’t even have the time to take a breath. If I knew of a way to change it, trust me I would.

It has been super busy at work,  CRAZY BUSY!

Baseball started. Even though I love it with my whole heart, it is quite exhausting transporting the little guy to practice and games.

Summer seems to be our busy time. We want to be outside where it is warm and the sun is shining.

I don’t like being so busy that I don’t even have time to read my bible and here lately it has been just that. Me and the little guy still do our morning devotion before going to school, but I seem to be so preoccupied that my personal bible reading and devotion has been put aside. I feel horrible and I know that I need to make time to read God’s word.

Our family has had a rough year. There has been situations in our life that has brought my husband and I to our knees several times. I want to report that all those prayers and tears that were shed, were resolved Sunday. I just want to thank the Lord for His ever-present help in trouble. I thank HIM daily for his protection, love, devotion, and promise of eternal life.

Being a Christian my whole life, I have hard time relating to those around us who don’t know the great Bible stories we learned in Sunday School. You know the ones……

Joseph and the coat of many colors

David and Goliath

Noah and the Ark

Abraham and Sarah

Adam and Eve and when Cain killed Abel

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace

David in the Lions den

Joshua and the walls of Jericho tumbling down

I could keep going. You see I grew up my whole life learning everything about the Bible. My husband and I have raised our children the very same way. It is hard for me to understand why someone has never really heard of our Bible Greats, but there are people out there still today who have NEVER heard God’s word. It is our job to teach them.

When someone asks you to help them be a better person, and asks help to learn more about God, it should be our first priority to take a stand and help them.

The bible says to come as a little child unto the Lord. Our little 7-year-old, is learning about the bible. He is learning what sin is and asking for forgiveness of sin. He is learning that a person needs to accept Jesus as his personal Savior and ask him into their heart so you can make Heaven your home. He takes it all in like a sponge. I know that even at his young age he loves and respects Jesus Christ.

We need to coddle those individuals who don’t know the Lord, just like our 7-year-old. Teach them, protect them, lead them. If you don’t do it, who will.

Our job on earth as Christians, is to spread the Good News. Are you doing that? I know I don’t as much as I should. That is why I blog. Not only do I speak my mind to the world to get whatever it is off my chest, but I also hope to spread God’s word to whomever has an ear to hear.

Even though at this very moment I feel I can’t get any busier, I still want to make time for God. I know God will make time for me, I need to make time for HIM.

God Bless

Katrina

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IF I COULD GO BACK IN TIME – the day that changed us all

Does not feel like 26 years have gone by. Still very fresh in my mind. Rest in Peace Mr Brens. Judy, Beamon, and Jason. May 1, 1992 ….. something that I will never forget, but have learned to get through.

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1-5Have you ever wished you could go back in time? I do. Every once in a while, I wish I could go through high school all over again, but go back as who I am today. In high school, I was this shy, backward, and not at all out-going young lady. I went every day to just get through high school. Of course, high school was not easy to get through. A lot happened at my school, and not only to me, but to everyone. Some of us dealt with it differently, some of us didn’t really deal with it at all.

I went to a high school in Olivehurst, California. Olivehurst was a small community. We didn’t have a lot. There was a grocery store, a few gas stations, a post office, and a hamburger stand named Flat Landers, and as far as I’m concerned, made the best burger in Central California. I’m sure there is more to Olivehurst now, this…

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A Virtuous Life Bible Study – Week 4

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I finished my last week of “A Virtuous Life Bible Study” written by the Time-Warp Wife. I have enjoyed this Bible Study. I believe with my whole heart, the more you study the bible, the more you yearn to learn. I encourage you to dive deep into the word, and I guarantee a desire will enter deep within you.

This week we learned about Fortitude. The definition of fortitude is strength of mind that enables a person to encounter danger or bear pain or adversity with courage. As Christians, we go through many avenues of adversity. Life here on earth is not easy. The Lord told us it would not be easy, but with God all things are possible. He also told us that we can do all things through Christ who will give us strength.

Our first verse of the week was Philippians 2 – Pressing Toward the Mark.

Philippians 3:1414I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

We all are running the marathon we call “Life”, where birth is are starting point and death is our finish line. We are not racing against anyone; it is a personal race. We all go at our own pace. Our prize at the end, is Heaven. That is the one race I intend to win. We have to press in and persevere, but in the end it will be all worth it. We will go through situations along this race that will require fortitude. We will need be brave and stand our ground in the midst of adversity, but the Lord will be at our side the whole time.

here is my journal page for this day:

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Our next scripture was Exodus 17 – Moses Lifts his Hands

When Amalek came and fought Israel in Rhephidim, God was with Israel. Moses told Joshua to choose some men and go and fight Amalek. Moses told them, “tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand” Joshua did as Moses said and they went out and fought Amalek. Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill and when Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and when he let his hand down, Amalek prevailed. Eventually, Moses became weak and tired, his arm became heavy. They took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on each side, and Joshua defeated Amalek and his people.

Sometimes, during times of weakness we need to rely on others to help us through, like Moses did. That is why we attend church. We need fellow Christians to lift us up and they need you to lift them up. Moses showed persistence and endurance. We all should be in it for the long haul, and do whatever God asks us to do. Jesus died and gave His all for us, we should be willing to do the same.

Here is my journal entry for today:

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Friday we read out of Matthew 26:35-56. Jesus provided an excellent example of Fortitude in these scriptures. Jesus knew his time on earth was coming to an end. Like any human, He didn’t want to go through all the pain, humiliation, and torture, but He loved us so much that He was willing to go through all of that suffering for just you and me. While he was in the garden to pray, he asked His disciples to watch for Him and pray. While Jesus prayed, He asked God to take this from Him. I believe He thought there had to be some other way, but Jesus also said “not my will but thine be done”. You see, it is not what you want, but what God wants. We should want God’s will in our life. It is not in our timing but God’s timing. That is much easier said than done, let me tell ya. I think sometimes we get to a point in our life where we think we know more than God, and that will never be the case. God will always know best. Jesus showed courage, strength and most importantly LOVE, to endure the cross. We all must be brave when adversity crosses our path, and we must stand watch and pray.

Jesus asked his disciples to stand watch and I believe, expected them to pray. Three times He came to them and three times He found them sleeping. He told them, “The spirit is indeed willing, but the flesh is weak.” This is so true for a lot of us. It is hard to stay dedicated. Life gets in the way and because of our busy lifestyle we become weary. We are too tired to watch and pray, but that is what God is asking us to do. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. Matthew 24:42. We don’t know how much longer we have on this earth. We have no idea what we will endure while we are still on this earth, but i know without a shadow of a doubt, God will always love me, God will always protect me, God will always provide for me, and as long as I follow Him…..He will prepare a place for me.

Here is my journal entry for today’s study:

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This study has been enlightening and good for my soul. I pray, some day I can confidently say I can be called a Virtuous Woman. I do know one thing, there is not a soul that can’t say that I don’t love the Lord and have tried with all my might to be more like Christ. I pray that you got something out of this bible study with me. I encourage you to do this Bible study yourself as well, I guarantee it will be a blessing.

 

Forgiveness…..It does the heart Good!

This was written a year ago and is still very true today. Don’t let forgiveness for another person or even sometimes yourself, make your heart dark and unsavory. Forgiveness does your heart good.

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Have you ever made a mistake? Have you ever did something and didn’t think about the consequences? Have you ever done something, and at the time, really didn’t think that you were doing anything wrong, but to someone else it was the end of the world? Have you ever been blamed for something and really it was just a misunderstanding? If you have, then don’t worry, you are human. We all have had one of these moments happen at some point in our life. That is what makes us HUMAN.  I can honestly say I have never “Walked on water”, “Turned water to Wine”, “made a blind man see”, or “calmed a stormy sea”. Since I have not done any of these spectacular events, I can confidently say, I will no doubt make mistakes in my life.

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A Virtuous Life – Week 3

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I am finished with week 3 of my Virtuous life Bible study. For those of you who don’t know, this Bible study can be found on The Time-Warp Wife website.

There is a theme to this bible study, and it’s how we should behave in order to Honor God. So many people live however they feel like and don’t care if their lifestyle or character honors God. I want others to look at my life and know without a shadow of a doubt my life Honors God.

This week we studied justice and integrity. In the words of C.S. Lewis, “Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.”

But let’s be honest, there is someone watching us all the time…….. GOD. He knows all we do and say. So even though we THINK nobody is watching, we should know that God sees all.

On Monday, We Read Genesis 39  – “Joseph and Potiphar’s’ Wife”

Potiphars’s wife took a liking to Joseph. In the bible it says the Joseph was very handsome. Joseph could have given in and laid with Potiphar’s wife and nobody would have known, but he would have known and Joseph knew that God would also know. He wanted to Honor God, even if it meant being cast into prison. He was upright, fair, honest, falsely accused, and in the end quite successful. The Lord gave him favor.

Here is my journal entry.

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Tuesday was a “Dig a little Deeper” day. I chose to read the story of Joseph and his dreams. He dreamed about the Sun and the moon and 11 stars bowing down to him. His second dream was about when they were out in the field and they were binding sheaves of grain . His stood up while his brothers sheaves bowed down to his. His brothers were angry with this. They asked him if Joseph was to rule over them. In actuality, that was God’s plan. Dreams do come true, when God is in control.

Here is today’s journal entry

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Tuesday, we read Genesis 45 – Joseph is Faithful land Just

When Joseph was sold to Egypt by his brothers, he had a bit of a rough time. He started in his masters’  house and then got thrown into prison. Once in prison, he then was head over the prison and God gave Joseph and opportunity to interpret a dream. One day that opportunity was rewarded and then he became second in command and there was none higher except for the Pharaoh himself. He could have easily held a grudge toward his brothers. When he saw them come to Egypt one day to buy grain, he could have had them sentenced to death. Instead he showed compassion, love, and kindness toward them. He showed them love, and didn’t expect an apology. He just tells them, “Don’t be afraid, I will take care of you, it was not you that sent me here, but God”. He forgave his brothers and gave all the honor to God.

Here is my journal entry for today.

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Thursday, for our “dig a little deeper” day, I looked and searched for scriptures that showed integrity. This is what I found.

“He who walks with integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will become known.’ Proverbs 10:9

Here is Thursday’s journal entry

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Friday, We read 1 Samuel 24 – David Spares Saul’s Life

This is a great story of Honoring God. Saul did everything he could to try to kill David. Then David gets the opportunity to kill Saul himself, but he knew Saul was an anointed man of God, and he was able to get close enough while they slept to just cut off a piece of his robe. Saul knew David could have killed him, but didn’t. He knew right then that David would be the next king. Let God fight your battles, He will win every time.

Here is today’s journal entry.

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The most important thing that we need to worry about in this life, is Honoring God in all that we do. I pray I do just that.

Soul Gardening

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I just finished reading The Secret Garden . It has been a long time since I read it, and I wanted to read it again. In the last chapter, there is a small statement, that spoke to me.

“Where you tend a rose, my lad a thistle cannot grow.

If you have never read the book, you have missed out. there are many lessons that can be learned from the characters in the book. It’s a story of two youngsters that have spent the first ten years of their life in misery. Most of it is not their fault, they were handed a hard lot in life but, they both decided they wanted to really live for the first time. They seen life in a secret garden and it began to bloom in their spirit.

There was an abandoned garden in the book that belonged to the master’s wife. She died long ago and for ten long years it was locked and not tended to. Mary searched for the garden until one day she found a key and then she found the door.

It took the love and dedication of Mary, Dickon and later Young Master Colin, to revive the garden again. Not only did the garden become beautiful again, but both Mary and Colin became revived as well. Colin was an awful child, who threw magnificent tantrums, and thought he was ill. He soon became well, healthy, fatter, and walked on his own. Mary who was sour, hateful, and hated the sight of people, became a beautiful, lovely child who became a joy to be around.

Tending the soul is just like tending a garden. When you tend a garden, and make sure all the weeds are pulled and the plants are watered; a thistle cannot grow. If we keep our spirits tended to, and we take special effort to only keep good things in our heart, then anger, hurt, or frustration with the world cannot creep in. Those negative emotions do not have room to grow.

Anger and hatred have so much in common with a thistle. I don’t know if you have seen a field full of thistles, but each year more grow and the thicker it becomes. It is the same with anger. If you don’t take care of that anger inside you more anger rises within you. It chokes out the joy and happiness. You become cross with even the air that blows past your face.

Two things cannot be in one place, where you tend a rose, my lad a thistle cannot grow. Do a little soul Gardening and pull out all those pesky weeds that make us angry with the world. Make room for that rose, so your blooms become larger and even more beautiful and you will feel so much better inside.  God Bless.

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A Virtuous Life Bible Study – Week 2

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I just finished week 2 of my bible study, written by Darlene Schacht – Time-Warp Wife. This week’s study was on Temperance.

We must have a spirit of power towards the enemy, a spirit of love towards men, and a spirt of self-control towards ourselves.” Watchman Nee

I have learned a great deal, and it is exciting to dive deep into the word. I feel that I need this lesson because I have trouble with self-control. I usually say whatever comes across my head and out the mouth it comes.

In today’s society if it feels good they say “do it”. We can’t always do what makes us feel good, or do whatever we feel like. We need to do what God expects from us. We need to be in God’s will.

Look at Adam and Eve. They did what they wanted and it didn’t turn out so well for them. They were kicked out of the garden of Eden and forever they were bound to hard labor and sweat on their brow. Their life would have been much better if they just did what God told them to do.

On Monday, we Read Daniel 1. – Daniel’s Training in Babylon. Here is my journal entry for the day. Daniel honored God by purposing in his heart that he would not defile himself, And God gave Daniel Favor.

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Tuesday, we were asked to dig a little deeper in the word. I did a little studying on Temperance, and this is what I came up with.

Temperance: Moderation, self-control or self-restraint in what someone says or how they act.  Here is my journal entry.

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Wednesday we read Matthew 4 – “Jesus is tested in the Wilderness”

Satan tried his best to get Jesus to fail, but he never did. He offered Jesus all that he had, but Satan does not own anything. Jesus provided us a perfect model for tested believers. He is our ultimate example that we can conquer temptation. Here is my journal entry for Wednesday.

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Thursday is our “dig a little deeper” day. I looked up verses for Temptation and I found this verse.

1 Corinthians 10:13 13No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

The Lord will always provide a way. Here is my journal entry.

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Friday we read Galatians 5 – Freedom in Christ. As Christians we have a purpose. We have freedom to serve our Lord. The Lord has marked out a path for us and we are to follow it. He has made it clear what type of person He wants us to be. He gave us Fruits of The Spirit and wants us to live a virtuous and victorious life. We need to have self-control and not be self-centered. We need to have Christ in the center of our Life and He will show us the way. Here is the last journal entry for the week.

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I am looking forward to what next week brings. Two more weeks in this Bible Study. If you want a copy of this bible study, head over to Time-Warp Wife. She has this in printable form. She also has several other great Bible studies are awesome. Have a great weekend and God Bless.

A Virtuous Life Bible Study week 1

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Last week I started a bible study that was written by Darlene Schacht, the owner of Time-Warp Wife. I put my own creative side to it, and instead of answering the questions the plain old way, I did a little creative journal.

The first week is on Prudence.

The first day’s scripture is Esther 4:6 – 5:8. here is my creative artwork and it makes it a little more meaningful to me. “The wisdom of the Prudent is to understand his way; but the folly of fools is deceit.” Proverbs 14:8
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Day 2 asked for a Further study into the scripture that we read the day before. I dove a little deeper into the Word.

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On Wednesday, Day 3, we were asked to read Ruth 3 – Ruth and Boaz on the Threshing floor. Here is a look at my creative journal for the day. Ruth honored the Lord, and so did Boaz. In the words of Darlene, “The story of kinsman redemption found in the book of Ruth is symbolic to our relationship with Christ, and God’s Redeeming love.”

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On Friday we read Proverbs 31. Which I can honestly say I fail in so many ways. I do strive daily to do better and be who the Lord wants me to be. Here is my creative journal entry for this lesson.

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I have begun week 2 this week. I am really enjoying this bible study. I encourage you to print out this bible study and do it however you would like. I believe being creative and drawing it out, makes me understand it better, and it is a lot of fun as well. Everyone is different, that’s what makes the world go round’.

I will post this weeks lessons hopefully tomorrow.. Stay tuned.