Godly Muscles

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They ask, “What kind of man are you looking for Stacey?” and I say, “A Godly Man with muscles.”  Yes they laugh too.  It’s a tall order but it can be done.  God said so.

Just as  God keeps me fit inside and out; he does so with the one he made for me.

In my book “Closer to The One” you will see what God’s muscles do for me.  A great awakening of my true self that God created.  Tweaked and toned to Gods perfection and he does so until we meet him in heaven.

Got Godly muscles?

One In A Million

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Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.

      Writing has always been apart of my life.  When I was young I would write short stories, songs, poems and I would draw pictures about what I wrote.  The writing wasn’t always great but it brought my imagination to life as I wrote it down and it still does today.

      However, when I write today and publish my work I pray over it that it Glorifies God more than anything else by sharing what he does for me, and inspires others to seek God in everything they do especially in the gift God has given them.

      God has given us all a gift but we must first discover what that gift is by surrendering ourselves to God first.  Once God has shown us our gift we must help each other sharpen our gifts by sharing them with one another.  If you have a gift of song, then sing.  If you have a gift of playing an instrument, than play that instrument.  If you have gift for design then design; whatever your gift is God will give you great passion for it.  Believe in God and he will help you sharpen your gift through his will.

      Sometimes we have to lose everything to see everything that God has for us; this is how I rediscovered my gift.  I hope you will read  our gift to you.  My book “Closer To The One”.

Turn that Frown Upside Down

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Jesus did not commit to man…, for he knew what was in man. (John 2:24-25)

We are supposed to trust people but in reality the only trust we should rely on is our trust in The Lord Jesus Christ.  As human’s we are faltering and sinful.  We can strive to be Christ like which is great but we will never be as perfect as he so don’t lose heart.  Turn that frown upside down.  People will disappoint you but what God teaches us through disappointment is compassion, love, and grace for one another.

Live each day to the fullest and love one another as God loves you.  As you walk the path he has chosen for you keep him close to you.  We can fight our battles with The Lord as our armor. Your trust in The Lord will shine through in a smile even when you are a little grumpy.

Check Up From The Head Up!

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Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. –James 1:19-20

I was discussing my feelings with a friend and we laughed as he said “Get a check up from the head up!”  He is right.  Everyday I face feelings that by the end of the day have wiped me out.  Take it to The Lord I say.  Through out the day I say “Thank you Jesus.” which is what we have been instructed to do by Jesus Christ.  As you read through the bible you will see these words stated over and over again in different ways.

Humility takes practice and is a great virtue to have.  It allows you to be wise and slow to anger.  Do not let feeling’s control your actions.  You can’t change people but you can change the way you react to them.

FENCING IT IN

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Proverbs 24:26-27

An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips. 

Finish your outdoor work and get your fields ready;

after that, build your  house.

Thanks to Mark’s Custom Fences and Lowes my beautiful new fence is up and my beautiful sanctuary garden can be built.  As I watched the building of my fence I was working on my research paper and dreaming of things to do to the backyard to make it into a peaceful oasis.  My home is a blessing that I do not want to take for granted.

With the death of the old me and my lack of appreciation for the little things, I am reminded daily as I walk through my home of what it really means to be grateful.  God gives me the things I need most and the things I long for will be given in his time not mine.  It’s difficult some days to not have what I truly long for but I also know that he is still building me up and my home to live better and to live for him.

Knowing Life Without You

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Hosea 6:3

Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press onto acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.”

Knowing life without someone you loved either from death of a relationship or death in life is painful.  This kind of pain is in inevitable with life but life without Christ increases the pain and breaks you down more easily.

With the death of my old self; I have been able to endure the pain of knowing life without someone through Jesus Christ.  Before I believed, I was faltering and lost but now I am found and though I still feel pain I am not lost. Life without Jesus is no life at all.

Let the pain wash over you, accept it in, and thank God for your blessings and the time you had with the ones you have lost.

Hear Me Now

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One of the greatest gifts you can give is the gift of listening.  Even if you just listen to one person a day you have saved a life.  There is a company called StoryCorp that travels around the United States recording people’s story.  Anyone who wants to share their life story can do this by just sitting with the team of StoryCorp and answer questions designed to keep the flow of the interview on course.

I believe StoryCorp has great potential.  There are so many people who go unnoticed for too long that the sadness steals their life away.   I heard on K-Love that one Evangelist asked a business man to lunch and said to him, “I realized I do not know much about you. Tell me about your life.” and the man did; for hours he poured out what he had been longing to share.  The mans wife had written a thank you note because she saw the huge change in her husband from the simple act of kindness and interest the Evangelist took in knowing more about the business man he was having lunch with.

I know if I do not speak to friends or family for long periods of time I can be overwhelming and a big chatter box.  I talk so much that I feel like I have to apologize for being long-winded and you know what they say to me, “Stacey it’s okay. You really don’t talk much.”.   I laugh at this because I have so much to say but when I say too much about someone else I have remorse because I think back on the words that I said and think “maybe I shouldn’t of said that.”  I remind myself that I am human and I am not perfect. I get upset at people and myself so venting is only natural, however, we should filter our words because the person who may have upset you, may have been reacting from something that happened prior to your encounter with them.

Colossians 3:12

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

A Little Old Fashion

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Everything in life changes and we like to make things brighter, faster, or bigger.   We like to package love in different ways thinking one way is better than another.  With love the more you complicate the outside the more the love gets distorted.  Love is truth its not an expensive ring or gift it is personal.  When you show love you want to let that person know that you know them enough to know what they need to feel better.  I have learned that if God is not the center of your life and love life it will not thrive. Love is not complicated; people are.   What we need to do is bring back the old fashion love where when a man took your hand in his in meant the world to both of you.

A little old fashion is what I am looking for and I know plenty of other woman who are too.  Bring back the man who would show up on the door step of his favorite ladies home with flowers and a date planned.  The man who opens your door and helps you put your jacket on or helps you with something heavy that you may need to carry.

I heard a story on K-love from a young man talking about how his grandfather proposed to his grandmother.  The grandfather went over to pick up his grandmother at her home when she was about 18 and she didn’t know where they were going.  When they pulled up in front of the courthouse she asked, “What are we doing here?” and he said, “We are getting married.” and that is how he proposed.  They have been married for over 70 years.

In Song of songs the young maiden already knew the man she wanted to marry and made her presence known where he would be during the day so that they could see each other and talk to each other.

Men and women need to bring old fashion back not only because it is romantic but because you get to the heart of the matter.  I am glad my eyes have been opened for I was blinded by the new modern versions of what love is said to be but not anymore.  I am a hopeless romantic at heart with a desire for the greatest love God has to offer.