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wfmw – Onion/Garlic odor tamer April 22, 2008

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Well, I thought I’d throw this out there for Works-for-Me Wednesday.

I love to eat onions and garlic, but I do not like those odors on my hands, blech! To remove those pesky odors from your hands; run your hands under running water, then rub your hands over the stainless faucet…all over between your fingers…use soap and water…the odor will be gone.

Also here’s a tip for those onion tears, light a candle and place it near where you will be cutting your onions. It will help keep you from tearing up.

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For your viewing wonderment April 19, 2008

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Peace and Joy pt 1 April 17, 2008

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Romans 4:2-3 If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about – but not before God. What does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”

Romans 4:20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God.

Romans 5:1-4 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. (NIV)

Does this mean we are happy in our suffering? No. The joy of the Lord, rejoicing in Him, with Him, are totally different. Romans 5:3-4 in the (NLT) We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know they are good for us – they help us learn to endure. And endurance develops strength of character in us, and character strengthens our confident expectation of salvation.

The peace and joy of the Lord in any given situation is nothing I can manufacture or even explain. Happiness is a feeling, and a lot of times it is a choice we make to feel happy. Sometimes it jumps up and we are happy, it’s just there. Sometimes there is no happy, but with Christ there is still the “joy of the Lord”. Therein lies our hope, our comfort. Holding tightly to His peace, His joy. Our salvation in every circumstance. That does not mean freedom or release from the circumstance always, but it does mean that trusting Him will get us through the circumstance.

Life is HARD!! April 12, 2008

Posted by Theresa Madden in Faith, Family, God, Love, Prayer, Testimony, Thoughts.
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This has been a really, really, really, really long and hard 18 months. I left the kids worship ministry, my mom-in-law died, my oldest daughter moved away to college, I left a band, a new grandchild was born (my 3rd), my son died (the second of my children to die), my cousin whom we cared for for 15 months died, my youngest daughter moved out on her own, and this morning our cat Mindy, who we’ve had for 16 years (since she was a baby) died. It truly is just the two of us at our home now.

I’m not one to elevate our pet to the category “person”, but still that’s a long time. We buried Mindy up on the hill behind my husbands sisters house. And on the way home it just really felt different. That there really is no one home to rely on us, if we are together – that’s it, us. We truly are in a new place in our lives.

I am soooo thankful I know the Lord, and He knows me. I know there is no way to make it through it all without Him. Thank you Jesus. There is nothing I can go through that He has not already experienced. When my son died, I didn’t question God, I knew that it was his time. As I was praying – I was about to say that You don’t know Lord what it’s like. As the words were starting to leave my mouth – I stopped. YOU DO! Oh Lord, You do know what it is like to lose Your Son. Many times I’ve heard “there is nothing that I can go through that He has not already gone through. It was so driven home to me here. THAT is my comfort, that is what I think upon, He has already been there. He DOES know what I’m feeling. He alone is my shelter, my comfort. He alone is my rock. Without Christ I think by now I’d be a lunatic.

I love the old hymns, I’ve sung them since I was a small child. I’ve been singing a couple of them all day.

Through it all, through it all
I’ve learned to trust in Jesus
I’ve learned to trust in God
Through it all, through it all
I’ve learned to depend upon His Word.

My Hope Is Built

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.

On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness seems to hide His face,
I rest on His unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh may I then in Him be found.
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

I type… April 10, 2008

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68 words  a minute. That was fun!

I AM lesson 3 April 7, 2008

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1. It was stated in the Lesson that God has made you “once, twice, three times a lady.” Where are you in this progression? Obviously we have all been physically born, but are you ‘twice a lady’? Have you been born again spiritually? This may be a private matter you’d like to discuss confidentially. If so, email me. If you have already received this gift, write a brief prayer of thanksgiving or testimony.

Father in heaven, I thank you so much for the gift so freely given. The gift of salvation that I received by the repentance of sin, and the acceptance of forgiveness that Christ Jesus gave to me. I live to love you Lord, to serve you all the days of my life. Each day I come before you, seeking the cleansing blood of the Lamb for those mistakes that I make. Each day you so faithfully grant my petition. Each day you draw me closer to you and fill me to overflowing with your Holy Spirit. Thank you Lord Jesus. I love you.

2. Are you three times a lady? Has God given you a stirring deep within your Spirit to be a ‘deliverer’? Do you have a desire or are you already meeting a need in the life of the church, a particular ministry (such as jail ministry, food ministry, etc.) or perhaps individuals who share common issues?
Yes.

3. Do you ever get tired of waiting for that opportunity to do something
worthwhile for God? Do you ever feel God is using someone else instead of you?
I used to. I’m a dreamer – I want to do “big things” with God. How to explain??? I don’t want to put God in a box, I know that should He desire it – anything, absolutely everything is possible. Planting seeds by the armload…I’m not content to have a few people hear the gospel, I want many, many to see and feel the passion. To “get it”. To find Jesus. I do wonder what it is I’m supposed to do, why do I have this dream that I’ve had since I was a child…that I can’t explain very well I think. I don’t want to sound ungrateful for what God is doing in my life, or that I’m not content, I know there is much for me to learn.
I don’t think I feel now that God is using someone else instead of me. I did for sure in the past, the why do they get to do this when I want to so bad? But, I know it was because “I” wanted to, not because God wanted me to. Ouch!

4. What do you consider ‘worthwhile ministry’? Are you like me and sometimes find yourself mistakenly thinking it has to be Big to be Important?
For a long time that was the case with me, thinking that all those things I was doing were not important because they were behind the scenes, not being noticed. That has been a huge hurdle for me, but I believe with lots of prayer that the Lord has helped me to overcome.
I know now that loving is the most important thing we can do. And the understanding that our “big” and God’s “big” are two very different things. To never underestimate the value of everything or anything that we do for the Lord’s glory.

5. Have you ever taken a spiritual gifts test? If yes, what are yours? If no, here’s a good one from
Ephesians 4 Ministry. Will you take it and come back with a response? Knowing some of you like I already do, I can almost pick out what your gift is before you say it. I can’t wait to see if I’m right!
I had previously taken one through our church, but thought I would do this one as well. My main gift is administration followed closely by service and evangelism (1 point apart).