Bloom Where You Are Planted – Radical Love

We are going thru a series on The Sermon on The Mount at church.  A few weeks ago, it was titled Radical Love.

Matthew 5:38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic,[h] let him have your cloak as well. 41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42 Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you. 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers,[i] what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (ESV)

This IS a radical LOVE….  Love our enemies?  Love those who have hurts us?  Love those who you don’t like?  Love those who are demanding of your things, time, money?  YES and so much more.

HOW can we have this radical LOVE?  It is a super-natural love – given to us by God.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (ESV)

John 13:34 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. (ESV)
Also, in Matthew, we see that love is an action….  giving, loving, praying, greeting your enemies.  There are so many good things we can do for them.
Why should we love our enemies?  1st God commanded us to LOVE.
WE were once enemies of God too….

Romans 5:10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. (ESV)

Colossians 1:21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds,(ESV)

Matthew 5:44  But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

So in loving our enemies, we need to be in the midst of them.  We can’t be hiding away not to be seen.  In my life and desire to design faith-based Digital Scrapbooking kits – I see some possible persecution from proclaiming God’s Word.  I have been at a Christian store before, I have even been praying about starting one.  But I would be isolated from the world.  How can I share God’s love to the world, if I am not in the world?

I NEED to BLOOM where I am PLANTED!!!  I pray that you also are following God’s commands!

Monday’s Motivation

This past weekend, I spent some time updating our family website.  I am now using WordPress to make it easier to update!  I also copied ALL of the posts I could find from my previous blogs and our family website.  Hopefully I did not lose much in the process.

One thing I saw is the Daily Goals I had set up a LONG time ago.  I am thinking of revitalizing them….  There was :  Monday Motivation, Tuesday’s Twists, Wacky Wednesday, Themed Thursdays, Faithful Fridays, & Weekend Warriors.  Now a lot these things were related to Digital Scrapbooking, which I am still doing.  But I am thinking of how I can incorporate this into blogging about our homeschooling!

So today is our first day of school for the 2015 / 2016 school year.  We will spend the day getting ready for school – getting our school buckets ready, storing papers etc from last year.  Going over a few new things for the year – and actually do some school.  I try to plan things to be a little lighter for the 1st few days of school, as we work back into new routines….

Monday’s Motivation:

  • Enjoy our School Time Today
  • Not be stressed if the kids are moving slower than I want
  • Get a good start on our year!
  • Finish planning History and Science
  • Add Affiliate link for School House Teachers

Love, What is It?

(*Note – we will be studying the Fruit of the Spirit, spending a long time.  We will be looking at different aspects of it through out the Bible.  My plan is to spend 5 days on each of the fruit and then rotate thru them again.)

But the fruit of the Spirit is LOVE Galatian 5:22

What is LOVE? (I have selected a few of the definitions)

love = 1. a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend; 2. in consideration of; for the sake of;

Synonyms:
Love, affection, devotion all mean a deep and enduring emotional regard, usually for another person. Love may apply to various kinds of regard: the charity of the Creator, reverent adoration toward God or toward a person, the relation of parent and child, the regard of friends for each other, romantic feelings for another person, etc. Affection is a fondness for others that is enduring and tender, but calm. Devotion is an intense love and steadfast, enduring loyalty to a person; it may also imply consecration to a cause. 2. liking, inclination, regard, friendliness. 15. like. 16. adore, adulate, worship.


1, 2. hatred, dislike. 15, 16. detest, hate.

Discuss how we use the word “love” in our language.  “Love” food, toys, people, etc  Do we take the word for granted?  Using it in ways that cheapen it?

So how should we love???
John 13:34
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

How did Jesus love us? Or should the question be, “How much did Jesus love us?”  He loved us so much that He died on the cross for our sins.  If we are living a cross-centered life, are we loving in a cross-remembering way?  Do we love other like Jesus loved us?  Do we give up our desires / wants for the wants of others?

How does this love look?
How do you treat your siblings?  How do you treat your friends?  Do you show them Jesus’ love by what you do?  Do you show them love or hatred???

Song – Jesus Loves Me, O How I Love Jesus,  Jesus Loves the Little Children

Memory Verse
John 13:34
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

Activity
Let’s practice our loving acts at home – 1st.  Make a heart – write “Love one Another” on it.  Give it to the person whom you choose to show love to in the following manner…  Do something loving for a brother / sister or parent.  Take care of one of their chores without being asked.  Offer to get them a drink or something to eat.  Look for an opportunity to show love toward a family member.  Be sure to do it with a smile and a loving word!!!  Remember – Jesus died on the cross for you, what are you going to do to show love?

Handwriting


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Remember – we are saved by the grace of God, it is nothing that we have done or can do to earn our way to heaven.  We only have forgiveness because of what Jesus did for us!  None of the things that we DO earn us a better place in heaven.  It is because GOD LOVES us so much!!!

Prayer – Pray for God’s help in showing love to each other.

You Are Loved!

Do you know that you are precious to God?  Do you know that He LOVES YOU?
GOD DOES LOVE YOU!  He sent His only Son Jesus to die on the cross for your sins.  When did He do this – while you are still a sinner.  We did not earn this love, we can do nothing to deserve it.  God did it!  He loves you so much that HE provided a way for you!  Jesus paid the debt for YOUR sin – by dieing on the cross.

We are so precious to God!  He loves us so much that He wanted to fix this broken relationship with us.

Have you trusted this truth – that Jesus died for your sin – so that you can know God?  You can be forgiven of your sins.  You can know God’s great love for you.  Just believe that Jesus died on the cross for your sin.  He is God’s Son – who loved you so much that He was willing to die on the cross for you.  But He did not stay dead – He rose from the dead and is now in heaven preparing a place for us – so that we can live forever with HIM!

I praise God for His great love!!!

Time To Play

I am so amazed by God’s love – how He takes care of us.  We are precious to HIM!  It makes me want to share HIS great LOVE with everyone!!!  This includes my kids….

I have been having so much fun creating File Folder Games with my youngest!  My husband and I have been blessed with 9 wonderful children.  Each one of them is precious to us.  They are loved by God!  So how do we treat them?  Do we do everything as parents (Mother’s specifically) and nothing for our own families?  We are all busy either making LOs, or designing kits, or taking that special photo…  BUT are we taking the time to do things for and with our kids???

So lately,  I have been making these fun and creative games for my 2yr old.  She is loving that I am making something for her!  I think of her as I am creating these games.  I think of what would appeal to her – what she would enjoy – but yet I am thinking how it will challenge her ever growing / learning mind.  I also homeschool my kids – we will be graduating our 3rd oldest this year!!!

So here is one of the games I have recently made….  Time To Play….

I am having so much fun creating these games from the paper packs / kits that I have made, along with the clipart that I have been purchasing from DigiWebStudios.  It is so much fun producing quality games for my kids to play.

What Should Life Be Like?

So what should our lives look like?  This passage is really neat – some new things hit me, as I read it today….

19 So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; 20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
26 If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. 27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”. James 1:19-27

vs19-20  Are we really taking the time to really listen to others???  Are we being patient?

vs 21  We are to remove all evil (sin) from our lives, and receive the Word.  Jesus did it all – He paid the price for our disobedience – He died on the cross for OUR sins – so that we can live in HIM!  He SAVED our souls!!!

vs 22  We need to be doing – God’s will.  How do you know what HE wants us to do – we need to read HIS Word – daily.  We need to live a life that is pleasing to HIM

vs 23-24  WOW!  Something in these verses just struck me….  the last phrase “goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was”.  Does this refer to our sinful nature?  It is not that he forgets what he looks like – but is this a mirror to our soul?  We can take the time to look at what our life really is like…. but then we get busy with life and forget about what we just learned….

vs 25  We need to surround ourselves with God’s Word – read it daily – listen to it – in song – have it written on the walls of our houses.  We NEED to remember!!!  HIS law is perfect – it gives us freedom!!!  How will we be blessed?  In what we do.  What are we doing?  What God has commanded us to do?

vs 26-27  These verses show us a bit about our everyday life.  1st if our words don’t match what we are trying to do – then it is useless.  I have heard that it takes so much more to correct 1 word said in haste….  We need to be careful what we say and how we say it….  We can hurt people so bad by what we say…..  It all goes back to verse 19….

In the Bible times – the orphans and widows were often neglected, they were the ones ignored.  We need to pay attention to those around us – if we are truly listening to others – we will “see” their hurting – we also need to respond…..

The last phrase – reminds us to be pure….

This passage is so refreshing and a great reminder on how our lives should look.  I pray that my life might reflect Christ in all that I do.  Thank you God for working in me to make me a better reflection….

What ARE Your Plans? Are They Flexible?

Hi all – well let’s try this again….  it all disappeared as I was working on it….  something went wonky….

But is that true of things in our lives – they don’t go as we plan.  We need to learn, especially as parents to go with the flow – be ready to change our plans as needed.  Or we will miss great opportunities to teach our children, or to even meet a need – emotionally or spiritually.

This morning as I was having my quiet time with God, my 2 year old awoke.  She settled down in my lap for awhile, so all was fine.  But after about 5 minutes she became too distracting.  So it was time to change my plans – I know as a Mom of 9 blessings, I need to take care of them.  That is my responsibility – that is my pleasure.  I look at my children as blessings – even when they are driving me crazy at times….  My 2 year old can be hard to keep up with (I will be 46 in Feb) — and sometimes I think “how am I going to do it” (raising such a young, active toddler) – but then she will give me that look, or a huge hug – and I Praise God for blessing us again!!!

But this got me thinking about life and it’s busy-ness….

The Bible tells us….  Matthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, this is the main project that Jesus asked for us to do.  Pretty much everything is summed up in this command.  So how are you sharing your Faith in Christ???  Who are you sharing your faith with???  Your neighbors next door, down the street;  people you meet while shopping;  your friends, aquaintences, co-workers, etc???  How about your family???  How about your own children???

Sometimes we are busy doing for everyone else that we forget about discipling / training our children.  They are important ones that God has blessed us with – they are precious to HIM as well as the world around us.  They should be more precious to us – since they are from our own flesh….  I challenge you to take the time to train your children – to share your faith with them.  Let them know why you trusted Christ as Your Saviour!!!

Be sure to do this today, look for an opportunity to talk to your children / family!!!

I Praise You God – for Blessing us with a Wonderful Family!!!

I CAN do it!

Hello – What a glorious morning!!!  God is so good to us!!!

I was reading this section of the Bible this morning and I wanted to share it with you…

Romans 8:28-39  28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. 31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Whois he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:  “ For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”[c] 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

What a powerful passage!!!  Why do we always stop at verse 28???  There are so many verses that POP out at me today.  We can overcome any obstacle that is before us – through Christ!  I am so thankful that God LOVES us so much that He CARES about the details of our lives.  I praise HIM for helping us through everything that we face in our days!  GOD IS SO GOOD!!!
So I have been thinking about this blog and the direction I want to see it go.  I also was thinking about the Memes (I may just change the name of that….)  SO I think I will try and have a digiscrapping goal/ life goal for each day – I will share mine and hopefully motivate you too….

Where is MY Treasure?

“[Treasures in Heaven] “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21) listen to chapter

My eyes have been opened again…”

I was leaning forward to change my daughter’s diaper and I started feeling whoozy – kind of like when I have had a panic attack in the past…. SO I knew I needed to get out and get a breath of fresh air.  So I also went into a quiet cool room and discovered a mess.  I almost did not go into that room, because of the mess….. but I knew it was cool and quiet.  The mess was when my daughter was looking for a clean towel the other day  – there was lots of clean sheets etc in the closet now….

Did I actually know where all of these sheets were?  Maybe, maybe not….  To take up the slack, while my hubby was deployed, the kids helped me out a lot….  So now, there are things put in places that I am not so aware of…..”

But this also got me thinking about other things….  am I spending too much time with my wheels just spinning?  Where is my focus???  I need to rethink my day – what I do and why I do it….  It is a good thing to think about what we do and why we do it???  Sometimes what started off as a good thing has turned into needless things….

I know one thing….  I want to continue sharing from my heart!!!

Here are some sweet verses I read today….

Psalm 65…  By awesome deeds in righteousness you will answer us.;

Ps 33:4 For the word of the LORD is right,  And all His work is done in truth.

I praise God that He is a GOD of detail!!!

Every Day Living

Yesterday, I wrote and thought about how I need to come to God and remember daily to rest in HIS arms….

This morning, as I was awoken early, had my quiet time with God, then went back to sleep – I was wondering what I was going to share with you….  as I was getting ready to write, I was still wondering…. LOL  so I pulled out my devotional book (I had gotten it to help me to write to you – give me ideas etc and it is always great to have someone else to inspire me with God’s word as I share with you…)

Well today’s devo was on “Daily Bread”, you know from the Lord’s Prayer – thanking God for providing our daily bread.  This is so significant to me, as we have been experiencing that ALL coming from God….  Also the devo mentioned how God provided daily Manna when the Israelites were wandering thru the desert.  God knows that we need to come to Him daily….

Without going to God daily – we can get so distracted….  negative things bombard us daily…. things that take us away from God’s Truth…. things that discourage us….  things that frighten us….

When we LOOK to the Master, the One who Created it All, Who Holds ALL things together….  we have a HOPE, a REFUGE to turn to!

I thank GOD so much that HE LOVES us so much and that HE CARES about the DETAILS of our lives!!!

“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (Ephesians 5:1-2)