Monday’s Musings #250 & Song of Your Heart

Song of Your Heart & Monday's Musings #250 | What Joy Is Mine

A psalm is “a sacred song or hymn.” (1828 Webster’s Dictionary) In the Bible, the book of Psalms is a wonderful book of songs. Not songs like we hear on the radio but songs of the psalmist’s heart. Sometimes his heart was “singing” about doubt or fear. Other times, it was singing about joy or trust.

Like the psalmist, one we know was David, we also carry songs in our heart. Different seasons of life brings about different songs. “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) There are songs of doubt, fear, gladness, joy, grief, sorrow and peace. Each song the heart sings reflects a moment in our life story which is designed by God.

David, in Psalm 40, for instance, wrote this psalm in which his heart sings of patience, being low, finding strength, praising God and trust. He moves through verses 1 to 5 singing of how he needs God, waits on Him, seeks Him and finds Him to finally proclaim God’s wondrous deeds. It says in Psalm 34:8, “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

The song of our heart ought to always reflect the awe of God no matter the season we’re in. Even through times of fear, doubt, worry and sorrow, the song of our heart should mirror God’s love for us. Our song should be of trust, peace, surrender and obedience. If our hearts could sing of those during trying times, what an example of Christ we would be! In addition, what strength we will find to endure. Why? Because we remove the focus off of what we are feeling and grab a hold of the wondrous love given to us by our Father in heaven through His Son, Jesus.

It is then the song of our heart can be about the goodness of God no matter our circumstances. Today, I ask you, what is the song of your heart? If you are singing about doubt and fear, seek the Lord and make it about trust. If you are singing about grief and sorrow, seek Him and make it about peace and surrender. If you are singing about anger and bitterness, look to God and make it about resting in and relying on Him. Today seek the Lord and ask Him to “put a new song in [your] mouth, a song of praise to our God.(Psalm 40:3, brackets mine) 

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Monday's Musings #250

Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

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2. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Know that sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed.

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Diving Into the Word of God Using 6 Easy Steps

Diving Into the Word of God Using 6 Easy Steps | What Joy Is Mine

It’s a new year with new opportunities to grow in our faith. Although we can start at any time, there is something motivating about doing it at the beginning of the year. It’s a like a new start. We, sometimes, need new starts, right? Well, let’s discuss how we can take our new year and grow in the knowledge of God’s commandments by diving into His Word in 6 easy steps.

Diving into the Word of God encourages us to love it all the more. We are reminded it is the inerrant and infallible words spoken by our Father. Reading it daily and digging deep gives us a better understanding of God, who He is and what’s expected of us by Him.

Diving into the Word, or studying the Bible, is not something we do just because. We do it with intentional purpose. We plunge into the words written by our supreme Lord intending to come away with wisdom only He can give that will help us live for His glory and for our greater good. “My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you.(Proverbs 3:1-2)

Here are six ways we can dive into the Word of God intentionally

1. Make the appointment. We need to pray and ask the Lord to show us when to meet with Him. It may not be the same for you as for another person. Once we know when, we make that appointment and stick to it daily.

2. Bring your supplies. That would be our Bible, a notebook, pen and receptive heart. Simple and sweet. We won’t need more than that to begin this diving in of God’s Word.

3. Pray for wisdom and understanding. Before we begin reading, we need to ask for discernment of what He has led us to read. He is faithful and we need to seek Him in all things, especially when we read the Bible and study it.

4. Read thoroughly and completely. Make it a habit to read through the entire section completely. It would benefit us even more to read the before and after sections as well. This will give us a bigger and better picture of what is being taught.

5. Take notes and make notes. After we have read it through once, we go back through and read it again, this time taking notes as we are moved. After we have written those down, we need to go back and make notes on what we have read. This may include definitions of certain words, researching commentaries, and logging other scripture references.

6. Express thankfulness. After we have finished, we need to go to the Lord and thank Him for that time with Him and His Word. Thank Him for wisdom gained and for meeting with us.

These 6 simple steps will help us have a deeper and more intimate time with our Lord. It is the approach I personally take when doing a study in God’s Word. I do come away with greater understanding for God is faithful.

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Monday’s Musings #249 & 17 Books To Read In 2017

17 Books To Read In 2017 & Monday's Musings #249 | What Joy Is Mine

So, I am a fan of a good book. Although readers have really made an impact, I am so grateful books are still around. There is something relaxing about holding a book in your hands and getting lost in it. This year I am looking forward to reading some awesome books. I wanted to share some that are on my list and some that are not but I have read before. And if you have a book or two you’d like to recommend, please do so in the comments! I’m still looking for books to complete my list for the year.

Here are some books you should read this year. Even if you don’t read them all, pick a few to tackle.

1. The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer. This book aims to guide those who desire to follow Christ.

2. The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Drawing on the Sermon on the Mount, Dietrich Bonhoeffer answers these timeless questions by providing a seminal reading of the dichotomy between “cheap grace” and “costly grace.”

3. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien. Although the movies are awesome to watch, the books are even better.

4. Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney. Mahaney outlines seven feminine virtues given in Titus 2 that have transformed her life and the lives of countless other women.

5. The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey. Get your finances in order this year!

6. Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin. Offering a clear and concise plan to help women go deeper in their study of Scripture, this book will equip you to engage God’s Word in a way that trains your mind and transforms your heart.

7. Concise Theology by J.I. Packer. J. I. Packer, one of the premier theologians of Christianity, offers this summary of Christian teaching covers nearly 100 major Christian beliefs from a Reformed perspective.

8. Word-Filled Women’s Ministry by Gloria Furman & Kathleen Nielson. If you are involved in women’s ministry in any way, this book is a must read.

9. Missional Motherhood by Gloria Furman. Gloria Furman searches the Scriptures for the mission of God in motherhood. She opens our eyes to God’s life-giving promises—promises intended to empower each and every woman as she makes disciples in her home, in her neighborhood, and around the world.

10. The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer. Creative ways to enrich your home.

11. Shopping For Time by C.J. Mahaney & her three daughters. How can you keep up with all the demands of work, family, and ministry? Carolyn Mahaney and her three daughters offer biblical hope to women who truly desire to glorify God with their time.

12. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas. A very good read on the life of Bonhoeffer.

13. Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp. Written for parents with children of any age, this insightful book provides perspectives and procedures for shepherding your child’s heart into the paths of life. Shepherding a Child’s Heart gives fresh biblical approaches to child rearing.

14. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas. Dumas’ epic tale of suffering and retribution, inspired by a real-life case of wrongful imprisonment, will grab you from start to finish.

15. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Enough said.

16. Green This! Volume 1: Green Your Cleaning by Deirdre Imus. Deirdre shows how cleaning house the environmentally responsible way can be as effective and often cheaper than the more traditional, toxic, means.

17. The Lamplighter by Maria S. Cummins. Infused with myriad moral and religious lessons, The Lamplighter is an uplifting and inspiring tale of one girl’s triumph against the adversity of her circumstances and those of a harsh wider world.

And there we are! 17 books to read in 2017! I’d love to hear of some of the books you’re reading this year.

It’s link up time! What have you to share this week? I read some good stuff last week. Thank you for being here.

Monday's Musings #249 | What Joy Is Mine

Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

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1. Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo in the side bar.

2. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Know that sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed.

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Monday’s Musings #248 & A New Year

A New Year & Monday's Musings #248 | What Joy Is Mine

2017 is here! It just seems like it got here so fast or maybe I was blessed with a full 2016 and didn’t see it coming. Either way I have been goal planning and preparing our budget book for a new year. I am old school and keep everything written down instead of electronically noted. I like being able to go into our hutch drawer and have it handy.

I also go through and clean out our file box and get it ready for 2017. This includes separating our tax papers out so they are sorted when it comes time to file our taxes. I always want to start off the new year with a clean and organized start. A hint to keep in mind is as the year is rolling along, keep a tax folder ready so you can put the proper papers in there for the following year as the year progresses. Just helps you not to have to go hunting for them in 2018 when its time to file taxes.

Our budget book helps us stay on track with our debt free journey as well as monthly bills to be paid. Included is a bill tracking page for each month, a money vision page, a savings page, and snowball pages for those bigger bills we’re trying to pay off. I made some new pages to motivate me and will be sharing them with you this week. I hope you use them to help get your finances on a good track for 2017.

I also made a new daily agenda sheet that is like a command center. At least that’s what I call it, my command center for the day. I print it out and keep it on a clip board which stays handy throughout the day. I will be sharing this with you as well. All the sheets are FREE for personal use only.

I have a planner I love and have already began writing down important dates like birthdays, anniversaries, appointments, possible family trips, etc. I started a new bullet journal which houses everything else I don’t keep in my planner. It may seem weird to have two books but it works for me. I like the bullet journal in that it is a fun way to hold information I want to retain for the year. It allows me to be creative as I use it to keep myself organized. My calendar planner is usually just for calendar and weekly review, like the “gas” to my bullet journal and daily agenda sheet.

My goal planning includes goals set for faith, marriage, motherhood, blog, photography and personal. I write down at least 3 things I would like to attain this year in each area. Then I will write down how I will reach those goals in steps and make a plan. All this done by seeking the Lord for direction first.

I hope you are encouraged to start goal setting and organizing for the new year. How important it is stay organized in your finances as well as your daily, weekly, & monthly agendas. It will save you time and trouble down the road.

Today is our first link up for 2017. I am praying that what is shared will be a blessing to those who read it. Thank you for visiting and encouraging.

Monday' s Musings #248 | What Joy Is Mine

Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

Monday’s Musings Must Dos:

1. Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo in the side bar.

2. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Know that sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed.

3. It would be so awesome if you could encourage another by visiting their post and leaving a kind comment. Builds community, too. Thank you for visiting and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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Monday’s Musings #247 & December Daybook

December Daybook & Monday's Musings #247 | What Joy Is Mine

Today is December 25th, 2016. Christmas Day.

The weather is cold. And we woke up this morning with snow on the ground. Got a little white Christmas.

Our Christmas Eve was truly blessed. We spent the early evening worshiping at our church in a sweet service honoring the birth of our Savior and rejoicing with church family. Ended the evening with family, good food and conversation.

Christmas Day, we spent it with more family eating delicious food, playing games and laughing. I am always bummed when its over and all go home. It just seems to go by so fast.

I learned two new games today. A board game called “Let’s Have Church” and a card game called “Chaos.” Chaos had us laughing and requires much thinking. It was good times! Do you play games with your family?

New Years Day is around the corner. We don’t go out New Year’s Eve but instead enjoy an evening at home playing games, eating and counting down to midnight. New Year’s Day is our son’s birthday so we do remember him and his birth that day. We miss him.

A challenge I faced was standing in front of a crowd to lead a reading of scripture at church. I stumbled a bit but found my way. It’s one thing to read the scripture by myself in front of a crowd and another to lead and read with the crowd. It was out of my comfort zone but I am glad I did it.

One thing I love is old movies. I am fond of good movie making without CGI sometimes. Back then they relied on real acting and good storytelling to make the movie worth watching.

I am looking forward to having things settle down a bit. The holidays are always a busy season for us. Hopefully, as they pass, the days will become simpler and less stress-filled.

It is time to start looking ahead a bit. Time to start planning and goal setting for the new year. I am praying over this and asking God how He would have me redeem the time He has given me. Are you goal setting and planning for 2017?

I am thankful for family, for Posole, my study in 1 John and for the birth of Jesus.

Favorite quote:Once in our world, a stable had something in it that was bigger than our whole world.” (C.S. Lewis)

Can you believe we made to through another year of link ups? And this being our last one for 2016 ought to be as good as the rest. Thank you for faithfully linking up and being a wonderful presence here. What have you to share today?

Monday's Musings #247

Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

Monday’s Musings Must Dos:

1. Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo in the side bar.

2. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Know that sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed.

3. It would be so awesome if you could encourage another by visiting their post and leaving a kind comment. Builds community, too. Thank you for visiting and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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