Every night my husband goes to sleep with a sound machine roaring. He finds it hard to sleep without the “White Noise” the sound machine makes. This phenomenon is known as “white noise.” It works so well that white noise machines are available most anywhere. Many use them as a sleep aid, but they also great for studying or focusing on work. The device blocks background sounds as I read silently to myself. Some businesses even provide employees white noise CDs and headphones to block out irritating distractions.
Although white noise carries benefits, Do we have white noise in our spiritual lives? Do your to-do lists nag at you. Emails demand our attention. People I love, ask me for favors. My church desperately needs volunteers. My weary body wants to take a nap. We are all stressed to the max! All of this becomes white noise to our souls.
This white noise of life causes us to become hard of hearing—spiritually. It drowns out the Lord Jesus beckoning us to come sit quietly at His feet. Luke 10:38-42 demonstrates a wonderful example of a woman like me who has too much white noise in her life:
38 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.
39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.
40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. 41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: 42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
Oh, how I long for Jesus to say, “Mitzi has chosen what is better and it will not be taken from her.”
Although we know it will be a struggle, this year let’s strive to be more like Mary and less like Martha. We want to eliminate the white noise of busyness. Let us desire to have ears that hear the voice of my Lord.
Would you like to join me in a commitment to eliminate spiritual white noise from your life?
10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
14 She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.
The Bible is our instruction book for life. It gives advice on how to live as God intends. Our scripture for today, Proverbs 31:10-31 offers a description of how a woman of faith acts and lives her life. It says that an excellent woman is more precious than jewels. She is a blessing to her husband and her family!
As women, clothing ourselves in strength and dignity can look different for each of us. To celebrate Mother’s Day, we want to discuss whether you are a mother or daughter, we all need prayer and constant reminders to trust God’s word.
Think about the Virtuous Woman described in Proverbs 31. Why would God inspire Solomon to write such Words? Why is being Virtous a good thing? How can being a Virtuous woman show God’s love?
Wow! That is a lot to take in. We are not perfect! Although, we should strive to be. Becoming a Proverbs 31 woman means working hard to become a woman who honors God. Today’s Proverb’s Woman should be all the things Solomon spoke of in writing Proverbs 31:10-31. Today’s Proverbs Women are the same. It is how women of faith live their lives today:
Remember that you are worthy of God’s grace.
Be truthful and faithful.
Love others, be good to others and pray for others.
Work hard in everything you do.
Wake up early and start the day with God. Pray every day and praise our Lord.
Study and learn. Enrich your life with knowledge and understanding and become well rounded in your skills.
Take advantage of opportunities in business, helping others, and caring for others.
Be strong and endure hard times. Put your faith in God to help you when you feel lost.
Love and honor yourself; dress well, exercise, behave like a lady.
Find a husband who shares your values and love of God.
Fear God and honor him in all things.
Remember that you are praise worthy and will be rewarded for your work.
A woman of faith is constantly looking for ways to do good and help others. Proverbs says that like ships that sail far and wide, a woman of faith would go to the ends of the earth to provide the very best for her family. Not only would she go anywhere, but she would also do anything, including waking up early each day to make sure that her household has plenty to eat.
As women, we can find great encouragement in these truths. If you are a mother, you have a unique opportunity to love your family by preparing for them daily. Daughters, you may not have to prepare for your entire household, but the Lord has put in your life specific people to pray over and encourage. Don’t feel like God has burdened you with all the tasks he has set before you. If you are feeling down, know God is right beside you giving you strength. Trust him and live by faith, as a Proverb’s Woman in today’s world! Happy Mother’s Day!
How important are things to you? I would be the first to admit that I have lots of stuff. Far more stuff than I need to survive, or even to live a comfortable life. But how important is all that stuff to me? Would it ruin my life if any of it went away? Is there any of that stuff I would hold on to at all costs? Is there any other stuff that I just have to have to make my life more complete?
Jesus encounters someone who would answer yes to at least that last question. And in response, Jesus tells a parable to illustrate that there is something more important than stuff, encouraging us to focus more on the eternal and less on the perishable.
Luke 12:13-21 KJV13 And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me.14 And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? 21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
Do you save everything because you might need it some day? It’s time to get rid of the mindset that we must collect all we can, store it away, and only use it on special occasions. instead we need to start using and loving what we have today.
This parable is prompted by a request from a nameless individual that Jesus force his brother to more equitably divide his father’s inheritance between them. This must have been a younger son, otherwise he would have been happy getting the bulk of the inheritance. But not getting his ‘fair share’ seemed to be grating on him and had become his top priority. So much so that when he has the opportunity to meet with Jesus, that is all he can think about. And Jesus responds with what we call the parable of the rich fool.
In this parable we see a rich man whose fields have produced a bumper crop come to a decision point; what to do with his abundance? And the decision he reaches is one that many of us would make as well. Building barns and bigger barns, storage units and storage units to put all the stuff we have!
For all of us, life here will come to an end. And what will happen to all of that stuff we leave behind? As much as we might like to take some of our stuff with us into the life to come, that won’t happen. All of the riches, and other stuff, that we have accumulated will be left behind for others, just like for the rich man in the parable.
At the end of the parable Jesus makes clear what lesson he is trying to get across. It is actually very similar to what he says in Matthew 6:19-21, where he challenges us to store up our treasure in heaven, where it will last, instead of here on earth where it is only temporary. Am I investing in the work of the kingdom or in my own life. If, like the rich man in the parable, I am only investing in my own life, then, when the time of accounting comes, I will have nothing. And that is what made this rich man a fool. He had so much he could have invested in the kingdom, but choose not to.
Think about that that wedding china you still have in your china cabinet. Why don’t you get it out and use it! Use it to make a special dinner for your family. Even if it is peanut butter and jelly! Or give it away! And that nice expensive dress that has been hanging in your closet for a special occasion? – go, put it on or Give it away!
So it comes down to it Will I be a fool and focus on me and all my stuff? Or will I give to others, both my stuff and my time and focus more on God?
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped
1 cup white wine
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
4 sprigs oregano
2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley
Heat the oil a medium straight-sided skillet over medium-high heat. Dry the chicken breasts well and sprinkle evenly with the salt. Place the breasts skin-side down in the hot pan and cook undisturbed until deep golden brown, about 6 minutes. Using tongs, flip the chicken to the bone side and continue to cook for another 5 minutes. Remove to a plate while you build the sauce.
In the same pan, add the onions and garlic, stirring occasionally, for a minute. Add lemon, olives and sun-dried tomatoes and stir to combine. Deglaze with the white wine (or chicken broth), scraping up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Simmer for 3 minutes to reduce slightly.
In the same pan, add the onions and garlic, stirring occasionally, for a minute. Add lemon, olives and sun-dried tomatoes and stir to combine. Deglaze with the white wine (or chicken broth), scraping up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Simmer for 3 minutes to reduce slightly. Add the chicken broth and return to a simmer.
Add the oregano and the chicken back to the sauce. Spoon some of the liquid over the chicken. Cover the pan and simmer gently until an instant-read thermometer registers 160 degrees F, about 25 minutes
Allow the chicken to rest in the sauce for 10 minutes. Stir in the parsley.
Serve the chicken with a generous helping of the sauce.
We love Italian but the noodles are a challenge for Keto lifestyles. We love these noodles. We buy them at a Vietnamese store. The are low carb and delicious! You can use any type of noodle you like.
We use 1/2 a bag for 3-4 servings of the noodles. We soak them for about 5 min, while the water is coming to a boil. Boil them by the directions. About 5 min. Drain and use you would any other noodle.
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more for pasta water
1 pound pasta
1/4 cup olive oil, plus more to finish
2 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
27 ounces (about 4 cups) sungold or cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus more to finish
1 cup freshly grated Feta cheese
1 cup chopped basil
Begin cooking your noodles.Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil and garlic and cook until the garlic is fragrant and just beginning to brown. Then add the cherry tomatoes that have been cut in halves with salt and cook, stirring often, until the tomatoes are just beginning to break down and release their juices, about 3 minutes
Add the pasta to the tomatoes and sprinkle with the Parmesan. Toss well to coat the pasta in the tomatoes. Sprinkle in the feta and basil and toss one more time to combine. . Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and more Parmesan if desired.
Perhaps one of the most sought after things in the world is happiness. People just want to be happy. There is nothing wrong with being happy . I love being happy. I desire to have people around me that are happy.
The sad thing is, most people don’t know where to find happiness. We are conditioned by the world and the devi through the media and marketing companies that vacations, candy bars, fast food, cleaning products, you name it. We seek our happines in things of the world.
We are all aware that many people are wasting their lives away by seeking happiness in drugs, alcohol, sex or the next big social party. These short lived happy moments are dead end streets. A sure path to misery, self destruction and depression.
I think it is safe to say our present day society is the most materially blessed in the world. We all have labor saving devices, communication equiptment, transportation, entertainment, and leisure activities all at our fingertips.
Despite all these wonderful things that are suppose to make us happy and fulfill us, people are very unhappy, dissatisfied, depressed and suicide rates are soaring,
How many books have been written that are suppose to tell you how to find happiness? They are all showing us that we cannot find happiness in any of these books. There is only one book that can tell us how to find Happiness. The one and only book is the Bible. It truly holds the key to happiness. The Holy Bible.
The Bible instructs us how to find happines in several ways:
Live life one day at a time. The Bible points out that today is alll we have. Yesterday is gone and if we worry about tomorrow, we are wasting our time. Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 6:34….“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about it’s own things. Sufficient for the day is it’s own troubles.”
Let us serve God today with the strength we waste worring about what might happen.
Psalms 118:24… “This is the day that the Lord has made;we will rejoice and be glad in it!”
2. Count Your Blessings. Finding happinness that lasts is a choice we make. God has given us a mind and a free will. Is yourmind thinking about all of your blessings or are you just concentratating and dwelling on all of your problems?
We all have problems. We can not let these rule our lives or take away our joy. We need to choose to think about alll of the wonderful blessing God has given us. Count your blessing instead of your problems. It is vital to our happiness.
James 1:17…“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes from theFather of Lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. “
3. Be Positive not Negative. Chose to be positive instead of negative. The Christian is the one person in the world that has a reason to be happy, positive and optimistic. Our future as Christians is secure not matter what happens around us. Stay positive and count your blessings.
Romans 8:31…“What then can we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
Romans 8:37-39…“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things present, not things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to seperate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
4. Love Life. Love the life that God has given you. All of us die but some of us have never truly lived! God intends for us to have a peaceful life of happiness, contnintment and joy.
Romans 15:13... “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that your may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
The Christian has every reason to love life because of the great hope that dwells in us by faith. We need to be happy and share this love of Christ to others.
5. Learn to be A Giver, Not a Taker. Acts 20:35…” I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus. It is better to give than to receive.”
Placing our concerns on others helps us not to be selfish and it not only blesses someone else but it helps us to be more like Jesus and to be happy.
6. Keep Your Priorities Straight. It is sad that peolple without Christ have nothing to live for but themselves. There only happiness is what they can find today. Don’t be blinded by Satan. Our happiness cannot be found in possessions. Many rich people without Christ die in the end defeated, lonely and miserable and without hope. Jesus tells us in
Matthew 6:33… “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.”
For true happiness, stay in the word, grow closer to God. He gives you the power to overcome weakness and be happy.
Proverbs 3:15-21… “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes;Fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones. Honor the Lord with your posessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase;So your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with wine. Do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor detest His correction;for whom the Lord loves He corrects, Just as Father, the son in whom he delights.”
3 There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin.4 For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.
I encourage you to begin asking yourself each day, “Do I really want to set yourself up for failure by making promises to yourself to change? Promises that you know you probably will not keep due to your desires or lack of willpower?”
There are always going to be things we want to change, fix or that we are promising ourselves. We are always wanting to change or improve about ourselves, such as, getting in shape, losing weight, eating healthier, and balancing our bank accounts. But these things seem to be less in important in comparison when I consider the goals I could set that would affect my eternal life, not merely my day to day life.The most important thing we can do each day is to enhance our walk with Jesus. Unfortunately, walking with Jesus every day may not shed any pounds from our physical bodies! But better yet, we can shed a different kind of weight – the weight from things that burdens our hearts. Such weights include unforgiveness, stress, worry, sin, and guilt. If these feelings are constant in our everyday lives, the weight of these emotions can have detrimental effects on our physical bodies, including headaches, weight gain, high blood pressure, digestive problems, and the list goes on. These weights can also crush our spirits, and eventually put a strain on our relationship with our Savior. Drowning in worry, anger and other destructive emotions separates us from the peace that Christ intends for us to have.
When our hearts are weighed down with burdens that we have not lifted up to God, how can we be encouraging and uplifting to other people, when we do not feel encouraged and uplifted ourselves? How can we teach our children to forgive others and love them, when we are harboring anger and harbor feelings of unforgiveness in our heart? How can we witness to people in need of a Savior, when we aren’t calling on the Savior in our own hard times? So you see, when we are lugging around all that extra weight, it not only affects your physical and spiritual health, but it can also impact those around us.
If you have been feeling burdened, discouraged, lacking in confidence, or unworthy in any way, take a moment to consider what is weighing down your heart. Is there someone who needs your forgiveness? Are you wasting time stressed and worrying about circumstances of the past and in your life, which you have no control over? Are you frustrated about a seemingly hopeless situation with your spouse, children, boss, friend, etc? LET GO OF THOSE THINGS!
We don’t always have control over things that happen in our lives, but we do have control over our own choices. We can choose to be weighed down by burdens, or choose to lift them up to Christ and free ourselves from the bondage of stress and worry. Are you ready to start losing some weight today?
Dear Lord, Open my eyes to the things in my life that are weighing heavily on my heart and soul. Forgive me for not releasing those things to You. Give me the strength to let go of those burdens and not ever pick them up again, knowing that You are in control and will carry all of my weights for me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Psalm 139:5 KJV “Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid Thine hand upon me“
August 8th was my birthday. it was on a beautiful Sunday. We had a wonderful Church service. The entire day had been such a blessing. I had as many birthday wishes as there are stars in the sky. I thanked God for His faithfulness in showing up in a mighty way. I had the honor of witnessing firsthand how good God is. I received an email that my first novel, Mountain Majesty, “Can she ever call Tennessee and the Cloudland Hotel home,“ was released and available on Amazon and ? Needless to say, I was on a God-high and loving every minute of it. God was so present. It was easy to see Him on this day.
During this spiritual bliss, I was reminded to look for God in all things. Do you look for God in all things? Do you see God in all things? Can you see good in good times and in bad times?
Psalm 139:5 KJV “Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid Thine hand upon me”
The following Tuesday, we found out that our Grandkids best friend, 15 year old Haley, had been killed instantly, in a car crash. Our prayers are with Haley’s family. Please pray for her parent’s, Suzanne and Mike and their family. I just don’t have words to express how terrible this tragedy is. Haley was like a second child to our son and daughter in law. They and their kids all grew up together.
Dear Lord, sometimes we fail to fail to see Your presence in every aspect of our lives. In times of bliss and times of need. Yet we know You are there. Help us to always look for You, even when times get tough. Help us to trust You and believe that You are with us every moment of my life. Most of all, please help us to remain faithful.
Psalms 37:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple. KJV
What a promise! In just a few words, this verse tells us how much God loves us and how much He wants to bless our lives. He wants our short walk on this earth to be worth so much! But then, what about those desires of our hearts? Where do they fit in?
The Hebrew definition of the word delight in Psalm 37:4 is interesting; it involves the idea of being soft and pliable. Makes me think of clay. I’ve used small blocks of clay before, and in order to be able to work with one, I need to hold in it my hands and get it warm and soft, ready to be formed into the shape I intend for it to be. Sound familiar? “Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV).
As the Potter forms us, we begin to know Him more. His thoughts become our thoughts. That’s when God does more than grant us the desires of our hearts; He actually provides us with those very desires. We no longer want what we want, we want what He wants. And it is most certain that whatever the Lord wishes to bring to pass in our lives, He also desires to freely give us.
We’re so often caught up in our own ideas that we forget to listen to His. What a difference it would make if we had God’s best intentions at heart. If we could just step out in faith that our Father wants our very best, and that of all things on this earth, we could never have better than what He gives. What peace that would bring to us all. What delight that would bring to our Lord.
And what gifts that would place at our feet when He both provides and fulfills the desires of our hearts!
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”kjv God knows your desires and he has plans!
He wants us to see how much he loves us and how many good things he wants for us! Let him take your heart in his hands and fashion it after his own heart so that you will know the beauty of what he desires for your life
Colossians 3: 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
I am excited about Heaven! I am ready to go! Are You?
Honestly, do you ever give heaven much thought? Perhaps you are too busy to be thinking about Heaven! And perhaps you are scared to think about it. Of all the things we think about, are any of your thoughts on Jesus or going to Heaven?
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.
We should be thinking about and in love with the idea of going to Heaven! We should desire it, for Jesus is the center and the Glory of Heaven!
So thinking about, longing for, and planning to spend eternity in Heaven, where we’ll be united with our Savior, is a way to worship Christ. It is a means of seeing and savoring Him. And, it fills us with hope!
Hope can comfort us in heartache and trouble on earth. It can make us be optimists. C.S. Lewis writes, “In the truest sense, Christian pilgrims have the best of both worlds. We have joy whenever this world reminds us of the next, and we take solace whenever it doesn’t.”
“Strongly, insistently, the Holy Spirit uses heaven and its untold,
Thinking about Heaven, should spur us into action, love, and zeal for Christ.
Don’t stay focused on yourself: your wants, your needs, your troubles, your possessions, your plans. I’d also guess these people probably didn’t think much about heaven at all. Because to gain a true grasp of heaven is to have your eyes spiritually opened. It is to understand where this all is heading, and what you are truly made for. It is to think and live higher and not just thinking about yourself!
Pray for a vision and a passion for heaven. To live for that kingdom and it’s King, Jesus!