Monday’s Musings #235

I usually share my monthly Daybook at the end of the month and usually today but it didn’t work out this month. However, look for it this week. Life is busy — a good busy — and full. God is good to give us this season. Praying you have a fabulous week. Thank you for visiting and sharing.

Monday's Musings #235 | 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 #234 & Pumpkins!

Monday's Musings #234 & Pumpkins | What Joy Is Mine

The official beginning of autumn is around the corner. Can you take that in? I am excited! Apples, roasted green chilies, cooler temps and pumpkins! Plus, this is our trip season. We skip traveling in the summer and seize our vacation time in the fall. Better weather, less crowds and cheaper prices. Next week I’ll share our most recent trip with you. Anyhow, today I am about pumpkins and how much I enjoy eating foods made with them as well as crafting and decorating with them. I am sharing some fun links to foods, crafts and decorating—all surrounding pumpkins. Here we go…

Pumpkins | What Joy Is Mine

Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkins & What Joy Is Mine

Pumpkin Crafts

Pumpkins & What Joy Is Mine

Pumpkin Decorating

  • Pumpkin Patch (not pictured)
  • Keyed Pumpkins  (pictured)
  • Decorating ideas pictured above: Miniature pumpkins surrounding a candle in a large candle holder; white painted pumpkins placed alongside old lanterns; small pumpkins placed on various “pedestals,” and assorted pumpkins in vases.

So, there’s some ideas to look through and try. I know autumn isn’t here for another 3 days but I think you’ll be good to start planning now. Time to say goodbye to summer until next year.

And now it’s time to share your favorite posts that will encourage. Thank you for being here.

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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 #233 & Stepping Aside

Monday's Musings #233 & Stepping Aside | What Joy Is Mine

One of the best things us Christians can do in any situation in life is step aside. Yet, sometimes we find it is the hardest thing to do. When life throws us curve balls, especially, we often take things into our own hands instead of stepping aside and letting God do His thing. We think we can do it better or handle it without Him. But the truth is, we can’t on both accounts. Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.

See, our trials do not take God by surprise. He knows they are coming. He knows all the details surrounding them. And He knows how we will be when they come upon us. So, why do we insist on walking through them in our own strength and wisdom? Why do we feel He won’t be enough so we gotta fill in the gaps? Why do we believe God isn’t fully present when we’re suffering? Why don’t we step aside? Jeremiah 29:11 reminds us that God knows the plans He has for us. So, It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.” (Psalm 118:8)

Often when trials happen, we tend to lean on our abilities and knowledge instead of running to our Father. We forget He is able. Able to get us through and bring us out on the other side. Able to carry us then place us down gently on our two feet to stand. Able to hear and answer our heartfelt prayers as He sees best. Able to hold us close and bring us comfort in our hour of need. Able to remind us how much He loves us with an abundant love that never fails or lessens.

This is the God we love and serve. So very able! We just need to step aside and trust Him. We need to let go of the reins and give Him control. Denying ourselves and relying on our Lord is where we find peace and contentment during all tribulations we will experience in life. So, today, step aside if you are going through a rough patch in life. Give it all over to God and let Him carry you. He is faithful and able. “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us…” (Ephesians 3:20)

Welcome to another Monday’s Musings. Thank you for being here. What do you have to share this week?

Monday's Musings 233 | 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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We NEED Fellowship With God (and the reasons might surprise you)

We Need Fellowship With God | What Joy Is Mine

We’ve all read them. Posts and articles about how to have daily time with God. Even I wrote one once upon a time. Daily fellowship with the Lord is the best daily vitamin we’ll take each day, the best strategy to stay spiritually hydrated and fit, and the best antidote to a good morning among other blessings. As children of God, our souls crave that time in the Lord’s presence. We NEED to be at His feet every day soaking in His truth, grace and mercy. This is our first and chief need as His children.

So, why do we NEED fellowship with God?

Well, we are so dependent on Him for everything. The food we eat, the roof over our heads and the breath we breathe. It’s all from Him. Daily He supplies “according to His glorious riches” all we need to live and survive. (Philippians 4:19) We will lack for nothing because He knows what we need at any given moment. From the poorest to the richest, weakest to the strongest, He takes care of His own. (Luke 12:22-24)

We need to feel His presence. The reassurance of God’s nearness secures our trust in Him in all things. And we can know His presence intimately by fellowshipping with Him. Making Himself known to us is what we ought to desire every day. It is in His presence that we grow more in our assurity of faith. Psalm 145: 18 reminds us, “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.”

We learn humility and self abasement. These are much needed for the Christian as we go about our life desiring to live so others may see our Father at work in us and through us. In being brought low, we see our deep need for our holy and powerful Lord. It is here we die to ourselves and God can now take His place as our all in all in our hearts. “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.” (James 4:10)

We revisit the blessedness of Jesus and the cross. God delights in His Son and what He did for the sinner. The Gospel is proof of a loving and merciful God towards the broken and lost. Jesus loves us with a real and personal love. After all, His life, death and resurrection were for us, “a people for His own possession.” (1 Peter 2:9) This we need to preach to ourselves every day.

We learn to be more Christ-like. Jesus’ likeness ought to be the order of the day. In this, others will see His face beyond ours. We are to be imitators of Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:1) This likeness of Jesus can be accomplished as we spend our time in the Word, learning who Jesus was, how he lived and moved among people, and how He glorified His Father in Heaven. Then, we, by Jesus’ example, God’s power, and the Holy Spirit’s prompting, can aim to live a life that exudes the grace and mercy found in Jesus, our Savior, especially in our homes.

We are taught submission and surrendering at His throne of grace. We serve and worship a good and powerful Lord. He knows what is best all the time in everything concerning us. Seeking God insists upon our need for Him. In our need for Him, we acknowledge He is all mighty and sovereign over each detail of our life. At God’s throne of grace is where we learn to submit and surrender to our holy God and His perfect will. “Be still, and know that I am God,” is what the Lord asks of us. (Psalm 46:10)

Daily fellowship with God yields all of the above by the power of the Holy Spirit which resides within every child of God. We need this time with our Lord to know what it means to live wholly for Him. We grow in faith as we seek Him every day, submitting and surrendering to His purpose for us. Be encouraged to take time to tarry with God each day. Better yet, begin your morning in His presence and seek Him throughout your day.

 

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Monday’s Musings #232 & Self Denial

 Self Denial & Monday's Musings | What Joy Is Mine

Self denial is a rarity in our society. Selfishness is more the order of the day than not. Yet, in Luke 9:23, Jesus says, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” Simply put, it is a command for self denial–first–then we can take up our cross and follow Him. So, what is true self denial? There are a few questions to ask ourselves that will help us know if we live selfishly or in self denial.

1. What is it you live for? What pushes you out of your bed every day?

2. What principally tugs at your heart the most? Your marriage? Your children? Your job? Your faith?

3. What do you most prize? What sits predominately on the throne of your heart?

After we answer these questions, we must ask ourselves this final question: Is it glorifying to God?

When Jesus said, “he must deny himself,” it is a call for self denial. Self denial is “the denial of one’s interests and needs.” The sin of selfishness will cause us to stumble in this command given by Jesus. Selfishness replaces God on the throne of our hearts with other things or persons to steal away our attention from Him. “Where God’s interests are the strongest, there self denial is sincere,” wrote famous theologian, Richard Baxter.

So, God must be the single focus of our heart. The way we live, speak, think, act, etc., ought to be done to the glory of God and to please Him. Denying ourselves and putting the Lord first enables us to live for Him and not ourselves. True self denial for a follower of Jesus lives to prize their salvation and God’s presence in their life. Whereas, selfishness of heart chooses to gratify the flesh and all it desires.

We experience self denial by removing everything that replaces the Lord in our lives. Now, our hearts can be ruled by God, His Holy Word, and His Holy Spirit, which we receive upon accepting Jesus as our Savior. Our carnal self is no longer satisfied. Instead, we have an amazing Father who draws our heart to Himself. He is our focus and real love. He is now the master of our lives.

In a word, true self denial is procured by the knowledge and love of God.” (Richard Baxter) We can only come by this in having a personal relationship with Him and seeking to be in His presence daily by reading, studying and hiding His Word in our heart. When we love the Lord “with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our mind” (Matthew 22:37), we won’t want anything else to be on the throne of our heart.

Search now and try your heart to know if you possess the necessary grace of self denial. Then, live it daily. “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!” (2 Corinthians 13:5)

Hello again friends. We are officially in the month of September and today is probably a day off for most due to it being Labor Day. However, I hope we get a good turn out. Thank you so much for visiting and for commenting. I enjoy hearing from you on both accounts. Well, let’s get to it.

Monday's Musings | 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.

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