Monday’s Musings #255 & Never Alone

Never Alone & Monday's Musings #255

This week I had lunch with a dear friend. We are in the same season of life. It was a blessing not only to visit but to feel comfortable in sharing what we are going through these days. It’s not anything major but for both of us, it’s taking us on a journey we were not ready for. Yet to know we are not alone in our journey is a precious reassurance. Reminds me of the verse in Ecclesiastes, chapter 4, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!” 

The Lord is so good to give us friends who will walk through life with us. I am ever so grateful for the friends I have in my life. Truly. Be that as it may, I am privy to an even more wonderful relationship that never, ever fails me.

When life gets challenging, the Lord never leaves us. When we hit lows, He is ever present. Our “times are in His hands” it says in Psalm 31, verse 15. If our times are in His hands, we can believe He will help us through whatever we are experiencing. Discouragement, sadness, and any other negative emotion that we might allow to encompass us during any season of life, He removes because He is right there with us. “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?” (Psalm 139:7) In addition, all of our sweet precious moments of joy are in His hands as well. Those times that make us smile and rejoice, He orchestrates.

All events that concern us, and the timing of them, belong to Him. They are at God’s disposal. Matthew Henry, in his commentary on Psalm 31, states that “David didn’t prescribe to God, he subscribed to Him.” In other words, he agreed with the Lord and accepted God’s design for his life. All of it.

See, we are never alone no matter where we are in life. Our God is a faithful presence. And we can (I will!) rejoice in that! “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11)

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Never Alone & Monday's Musings #255

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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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Monday’s Musings #254 & Cupcakes For Valentine’s Day

I. Love. Cupcakes. There I admit it. Some people love cookies, some love cakes. But I totally believe cupcakes are the perfect size treat to enjoy on any given day or occasion. And as much as I love to eat them, I love to make them. So, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I wanted to share some awesome cupcake recipes to make. These I have collected on my Pinterest Cupcake Board.

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  1. White Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cupcakes
  2. Best Ever Coconut Cream Pie Cupcakes
  3. Lemon Raspberry Cupcakes
  4. Strawberry Red Velvet Cupcakes
  5. Chocolate Mint Oreo Cupcakes
  6. Mocha Cupcake (Gotta throw in one for the adults)
  7. Black Forest Cupcakes
  8. Pink Lemonade Cupcakes
  9. Almond Marachino Cherry Cupcake

I hope one of these, or two or three, tickle your fancy and you whip a batch for your family. Have a blessed Valentine’s Day!

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Monday's Musings #254 | 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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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 #253 & Loving Others Like Jesus

Loving Others Like Jesus & Monday's Musings #253 | What Joy Is Mine

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, love is on the brain. But not just a romantic love but a selfless love. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” (John 13:34) John 13, verse 34 are the words of Christ and He tells us how to love one another.

We love one another as we are loved by the Lord. In knowing we are loved by God, we are to share that love with others. Jesus says in verse 35, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)  How we love others ought to reflect the love we receive from the Father. The word “ought” signals a duty. A duty is something one is required to do. It is a responsibility of moral obligation. We are commanded to “keep loving one another earnestly” just as Jesus loved us. (1 Peter 4:8)

The word earnestly means “with sincere and intense conviction.” What a powerful thought! To love others with sincere intention and an intense conviction. This is a Jesus-kind of love: to be intentional with the purpose of mirroring the love we receive from God. “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” (1 John 4:11) Remember what we discussed about the word “ought”? Again, we are to love one another because it is commanded by the Lord and demonstrated by Jesus.

How does this look? Well, it’s a kind word or a helping hand. It’s sharing and encouraging. It’s choosing to work out differences and bring about reconciliation. It’s putting others before yourself. It’s loving the unlovable. It’s loving the broken and lost. We must continue to work towards loving others the way Jesus loved. “Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.” (Romans 13:8)  “We love because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)

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Monday's Musings #253

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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Monday’s Musings #252 & January Daybook

January Daybook & Monday's Musings #252 | What Joy Is Mine

Today is January 29, 2017.

The weather is really nice. Not too cold and sunny. Supposed to have nice sunny weather all week.

I am presently enjoying a quiet afternoon at home. It’s the Lord’s Day and it ought to be restful. We’re watching a 1936 movie with our kids at the moment. Do you like old movies?

I finished my goal setting earlier this month. So far, I have been able to work toward some of them. I like to do a monthly check in to see where I am with each one. This helps me stay focused and intentional.

We have been tentatively planning our future trips. Planning early helps us afford it financially as well as encourage us to hold each detail in prayer. It is my prayer we get to do all we are hoping to.

Some of the books I am hoping to read this year are in my hands now. I am starting with “Does Grace Grow Best In Winter?” by Ligon Duncan. This book answers the questions: What is suffering for? What does it look like from the standpoint of God’s sovereignty? It looks like a quick read with, hopefully, a good message.

Our family bible time consists of two things. We are reading through the New Testament using this plan. We are also continuing our study through The Shorter Catechism using Training Hearts, Training Minds. We’re on question #42 this week. We often have good biblical discussion and I am loving this time with my kids.

I am excited about baseball season! With the Super Bowl this upcoming weekend, I am ready to close out football and watch some baseball. Do you like baseball? Do you have a favorite team?

Spring cleaning has begun in our home. I’ve tackled the master bath and my bookshelf in our bedroom. I’ve also begun to clean out and reorganize our pantry. I am excited to be making good progress in decluttering and reorganizing areas in our home. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to happen in spring friends.

At our church, we are starting up our community groups once more. We will be in a different group and are excited to see how God will grow us up in Him during our time together. It’s a blessing to fellowship with fellow believers.

I am grateful for a new year, for goals to work towards, for a God who hears my prayers, and for praise.

A favorite quote: My brethren, let me say, be like Christ at all times. Let us take care that we exhibit our Master, and not ourselves—so that we can say, “It is no longer I that live, but Christ that lives in me.”  (Charles Spurgeon)

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Learning To Breathe In A New Season

Learning To Breathe In A New Season | What Joy Is Mine

I am learning to breathe in a new season of life. Over my life time, to date, I have lived through several different seasons. I am not referring to winter, spring, summer and fall. I am talking about seasons of life. I have lived through seasons of grief, joy, sadness, worry, happiness, and fear to name a few. Today my season is adaption.

We are blessed to have two children living at home still. However, they are learning to become adults in this world and their schooling and jobs take them away from home throughout the week. I find myself at home alone during those periods. This is a new season for me and I am working on adapting to it.

Life is full of different seasons. Some of those seasons we may even repeat. With each season we live through, we have to learn to breathe anew. Whether its going from being single to being married, or going from being just the two of you to three of you, or going from having your parents around to letting them go, or going through a job change, its all new seasons of life to walk through. Each one carrying with it lessons to grow us up in the Lord and strengthen our faith in Him. Even those seasons we might repeat, God is always sanctifying us as his children.

So, how do we learn to breathe through each season we live through?

1. We get on our knees.And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.” (Luke 18:1) Prayer is a powerful tool for the Christian. Coming before the Lord and laying all we have at His feet and seeking wisdom is one of the best things we can do in every season of life. We turn it over to Him and let Him lead the way.

2. We accept the will of God for us.Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:17) God’s will for us is perfect for us. His will, the sovereign design of all things, is always best for us, even the trials we endure. He has a purpose for our sanctification and that is to be more like Christ.

3. We rely on God’s strength and not our own. “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped.” (Psalm 28:7) All seasons of life will challenge us in some way. Being a wife, a mother, gaining a new friend, going to a new church, suffering a loss of loved one, etc., require strength to endure. Strength found in ourselves will fail because we are weak but strength found in our Lord will prevail because He is faithful. He will help us in each season of life we live through.

4. We trust the plan for our lives. “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!” (Psalm 143:10) The Lord has a purpose and plan for our lives. He is intentional and sovereign over every detail. We can walk through our time on this earth knowing that each season is not in vain. God is working in us to further our growth in our faith in Jesus Christ. We just need to trust Him and what He is doing.

5. We understand that seasons will change and bring new challenges. “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) Being aware that life brings us different seasons is important in helping us grasp how to breathe through each one. Embracing each new season is way better than fighting it. We need to let the Lord do His work in us for our good and His glory.

6. We view each season as a time to grow spiritually. “Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity.” (Hebrews 6:1) Believe it or not, every season we breathe through grows us spiritually.  We do not experience our seasons in vain. God is purposeful and desires us to be more like His Son. “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son.” (Romans 8:29)

7. We walk with a grateful heart. “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) This shouldn’t need much explaining. A grateful heart always puts a different perspective on our seasons in life. It is a form of worship. It celebrates the greatness and graciousness of God and a grateful heart helps keep us from feeling negative emotions like resentment, bitterness or anger to name a few.

Seasons of life become much more bearable and joy-filled when we seek and rely on the Lord and not ourselves. Whatever season we are in today, it is my prayer we will seek our God and His will through prayer, trust His well designed plan for our lives and understand we will grow and change, aiming to become more Christ-like, while expressing gratitude along the way.

Are you learning to breathe through a new season of life?

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