Choose Joy: 3-Minute Devotions for Women Compiled by Barbour Staff

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Got 3 minutes to spare? You’ll find the spiritual pick-me-up you need in Choose Joy: 3-Minute Devotions for Women. Written especially the twenty-first-century woman, this delightful devotional packs a powerful dose of comfort, encouragement, and joy into just-right-sized readings. Minute 1: scripture to meditate on; Minute 2: a short devotional reading; Minute 3: a prayer to jump-start a conversation with God. This portable package makes a fabulous any-occasion gift for every woman.

My Review

I really like this Devotional ! It is short and just the right thing to start the day with if your a busy mom. It could also be read to daughters by the mom as a short devotion of God’s Love to share with them as they move into womanhood.  Being  a homeschool mom it is important to me to spend a few minutes with the Lord and this gave me a few minutes if I get up and children are already up. It brings peace and joy to my heart in a few short moments and that is what I needed lately to inspire me.

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I received a kindle digital copy of this book free for my unbiased review through NetGalley and have received no further compensation for doing so. The opinions expressed are my personal ones and not those of the publisher of this book.

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Wow, Your a Repeated Failure ?

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How to Attain Excellence

Yesterday, I talked about the Definition of Excellence and How it is Measured  by the world, the church and by others and perhaps even by you, but also how God measures it.

To Fail Repeatedly, is how we learn and how we succeed !  

So in reality while you think you are a failure, you are learning and learning is not something we fail at. You may not have met up to someone else’s standard… but who’s standard are we really needing to meet up to ?  God’s….and yet we pressure our selves or allow others to pressure us to the point we give up or we become ill physically, emotionally or mentally.

“Stress” what happens when we allow things to trouble us…

So how do we attain or excel in  “Excellence” ?

Consider the following verses…

Romans 12:1-2,  tells us we are to present our bodies as a living sacrifice , holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is good, and acceptable and perfect ,will of God.

James 1:27, tells us that Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and the widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted  from the world.

I John 2: 15-17,  tells us Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust of thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Wow, that sort of simplified things , can you see it ?

How can we know God’s Will, unless we follow the ways in which he says to life !

The Bible is a great instruction manual !!!

We will reserve discussing roles in the Family & Home for another day….

Let’s look again at Ruth and see how she attained ” Excellence” and why she was considered ” A Woman of Excellence”.

In Ruth 3:11 these are the character traits I personally see in her…

She has strength, She is worthy, She is brave and She is capable.   She was also Bold, unafraid or fearless and the important part is she waited upon the Lord to show her what to do and for Him to provide for her.

Proverbs 12:4   Tells us, A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband.

Virtuous : having or showing high moral standards.

synonyms: righteous, good, pure, whiter than white, saintly, angelic, moral, ethical, upright,upstanding, high-minded, principled, exemplarylaw-abiding, irreproachable,blameless, guiltless, unimpeachable, immaculate, honest, honorable, reputable,laudable, decent, respectable, noble, worthy, meritorious;

informal squeaky clean “they were entirely virtuous in their endeavors”

archaic: Chaste

( I like looking at words and definitions as it gives us a better view of knowing what things mean and who we should be )

Proverbs 31:10  says ” Who can find a virtuous woman ? for her price is far above rubies.

She displays all those noble characteristics and this makes her of great value !

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Who are you trying to please anyway ?

I Corinthians 10: 31  says ” Whether  therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do , do all to the glory of God”.

Philippians 1: 9-11 says ” And this I pray, that your love  may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgement; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of  God.”

Philippians 4:8 says ” Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. “

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We are to be pleasing God !

You might not get all your To Do List Done…

Your day may not have gone perfectly, but that is perfectly normal !

You should be redeeming the Time, not wasting it .  This past year I started using a planner. For Home & Business, it has helped me greatly to see what I am doing and how much time I am spending on doing things. I am a Keeper at Home, Wife of a Man who is Disabled , I Homeschool my 3 children , Have this blog and Run an At Home Business ! I also  Write and I am working on a book !

What are your duties ? On a daily basis there is a lot to do !

We will talk about Planners, Scheduling and Doing all things well another day !

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Stop Feeling Worthless !

Proverbs 31:30-31 says “But a woman that feareth the Lord , She shall be praised. Give her the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.”

If you are known for those good things y0u do or say that are virtuous

You are Worthy and Honorable !

Join Me Tomorrow , Lord willing  as we look at

The Character of God

~ Linda Marie ~

So What if You’re a Failure !

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So you failed… Big Deal !

It’s not about Perfection, It’s About Progress !

We all fail daily and often times then not miserably at many things in life ! Is it the end of the world ?  No !  Can it change your life forever ? Yes , it can !  We all make less then good choices daily that effect the rest of our life in some cases.  They also effect those around us that we love. Sometime we can correct them and sometimes we can’t and just have to live with the consequences of our choices !

What is Excellence ?

Today: The quality of being outstanding or extremely good.

 Synonyms: distinction, quality , superiority, preeminence, supremacy, skill, talent, virtuosity, accomplishment, mastery.

Do you see how the definition has changed ?

 Archaic : An outstanding feature or quality.

From being one of something about you or a quality or character you posses to being something more you attain or do !

It definitely is something that set you apart from others !

How is it Measured ?

In most cases it is measured by how successful you are… or in the things you own or have attained in life. If one is successful it is often said  they are ” Living the Life “.  They may have a huge house,  drive a new car, have an RV, take vacations several times a year and have money to do all that.  And these are the things that make them happy in life !  The sad thing is that in reality happiness does not have anything to do with “stuff”.

 I have often said

 ” I would rather be poor and happy, then rich and have nothing of real value “

Placing value in things that don’t last really doesn’t bring about happiness. It is but a fleeting momentary pleasure.

Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being defined by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.

It is in things that are lasting and not fading that we find contentment and great joy in life.

But godliness with contentment is great gain. I Timothy 6:6

Are you content ? How do you measure excellence ?

What in your life brings you happiness ?

Who Sets the Standard ?

The Government ?  The World ? The Church ?  You ? or God ?

The Government thinks that they can dictate a standard of what Excellent in standard for schooling children or adults.  Sad thing is they offer no standard of excellence in the welfare system, that allows many who could work to sit and not work and still maintain a standard that they say is the least one should live in …

The World seems to set a standard of what they think is Excellence or a standard for Success and what it means. By owning or doing certain things you can attain that standard of living and find real joy they say… I don’t buy into that !

The Church is so worldly and the world so churchy… you can hardly see the difference right ?   How do you tell the difference ?  The same folks you see in church are the same ones you see at the bar, smoking, drinking, being unfaithful to their spouses  and living to excess of riot, which  isn’t suppose to be the case in those claiming  to be ” Christians”

Everyone has their certain set standard of being a success or living the Excellent way..What is yours ?   Whats Mine ? Do they measure up to God’s ?

God’s measure for Excellence…sounds huge, daunting at times doesn’t it… but is it ?  Or do we just think that it entails a ton of rules and don’ts ?  Let’s look at this OK…

The word translated “excellent” in the New Testament comes from the Greek word diaphero, which literally means “to transport” or “to differ”  It has also been translated  as best, vital , the better things and  the highest and best. The Hebrew word translated “excel” is alah meaning ” to ascend.”   (taken from the book ” Becoming a woman of Excellence “) words used to encourage us ” to carry above the norm ” or “to be different” thru the qualities of virtue and goodness.  I like the way Cynthia puts that in this study…

Are we willing to go on to that which is considered above the normal standard of  Excellence ?

How we Fail at Becoming Women of Excellence !

In Ruth 3:11  Ruth is considered to be known as ” A Woman of Excellence”.

She is in my own words Bold, unafraid, fearless and she waited upon the Lord for what was her portion in life.

Are you those things ?  Do you walk without fear ? Are you Bold as you wait upon the Lord’s blessings in your life ?  or are you discontent and unhappy ?

You get up and you see yet another mess your teenagers left and your whole morning just goes wrong…. this was me… they left dirty dishes, it seems like no one cares if Mom has to get up to a sink full after going to bed.  So you go to your computer and set out to blog (its summertime) Your taking a break from homeschooling and your hubby is at work and you wish he was home helping you care for those kids !

You just don’t know where to start things are so messed up.  ( I’m walking it, except my husband is home 24/7 as he is disabled. Mental Illness isn’t easy.. I have a lot of sisters in the Lord who are walking it with me )  He isn’t happy that he can’t do all those things he use to do  ?  His memory is failing as he ages (he’s only 55 )  He doesn’t handle stress well at all and sorry but having teens means “stress” as they figure out who in the world they are…God knows even when they don’t, but they think your as old as dirt and how could you possibly know what they are going through or feeling right ?  You have a son who is 8 who just wants a brother to play with who can keep up with him….(sometimes in large families, Mom gets past the age of childbearing but still has young ones)

Wow I remember those days I longed for another baby, those days I miscarried so many times and now you full well know that “God gives you no more then you can bare”  and finally, you are at that content stage in life where “grandchildren are your most precious blessing !”

What ? Your family is so dysfunctional and you don’t do things together or your older kids live out of state and you hardly see them ?   Or you have some walking with the world and your not sure when they will turn to God in full surrender… but you pray, because praying is all you can do , because they won’t allow you into their life… perhaps they were from a previous marriage and are bitter about your choice to break free of a bondage of an alcoholic abusive ex spouse…  But they pick sides and man that really tares at your heart !

Whatever your stress may be have you found contentment in just knowing that God has it all under control ?   Oh yes he does !  He knows  your heartache, your fears , your tears and your limits….

I don’t care if your rug looks like you could start this years seedlings and grow your garden in it….He Is There !!!  (Tore the rugs out years ago)

I know….it seems like the evil one is trying so hard to ruin your life and your family…

I know your pain…

I have days i cry and days I laugh about it… but failure is some standard we set that we all seem to think holds us in bondage to being less then what God wants us to be…When in reality, God just wants your heart, even when times seem the hardest…

Join me Tomorrow , Lord willing to  talk about

 Wow, Your a Repeated Failure : How we Attain Excellence !

~ Linda Marie ~

Becoming A Woman of Excellence ! by Cynthia Heald

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Have you ever allowed your circumstances in life to hold you back ? Thinking you could never measure up to those women in the bible… or maybe those around you…

As I was studying The Word this morning and reading from a devotional I was sent, It finally dawned on me that ” Becoming  A Woman of Excellence ” had nothing to do with my circumstances or what status I was born into or how many times I failed at something in life.

Tweet: “All my people in the city know that you are a woman of excellence”

Ruth 3:11

Ruth was a widow, a foreigner and she was out gleaning the grain from fields where those who harvested , had missed some.  So she was not known there only by her actions…  If others watched you, would they see you as a woman of excellence ?  Ruth was not of high estate or well to do ! She merely followed what the Lord had put in her heart to do , Go with and care for her mother in law Naomi.

Reading the book of Ruth , I would say she was ready for a change in life… She chose adventure over remaining the same and she was a loyal friend and daughter !    She had a tender heart and was a very caring woman ! She was a woman of noble character, she was selfless in doing those things that were excellent, she was strong and did those things she found a worthy pursuit in life.

I would suppose that many women would not have been so brave to follow someone to a land they had never been to… Have you ever done that ? Picked up and moved to a land (state) you have never been to ?  I have… not knowing what awaited us there but following what the Lord showed us to do at the time.

Excellence is measured by Success in Life for the most part today.  In what we attain or what we accomplish.  Many times we feel like failures in life as we don’t have the finest things, we have not made it to that position in our career, business or as a stay at home mom we feel that we have not attained some status in caring for our children , home or spouse. Something is lacking in our lives !!!

What is that ?

Tweet: We are comparing our lives to others lives ? or even to ourselves ?

For we dare not make ourselves of the number , or compare ourselves wit some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing  themselves among themselves, are not wise.

2 Corinthians 10: 12

I am here to tell you that you don’t have to allow your circumstances or your current position to keep you from “Becoming a Woman of Excellence” !

Tweet: Kick those could have, should have , would have’s out the door !

Fame, Success, Materialism and Popularity are fading… Today the church has become so much like the world that its hard to tell your brothers and sisters apart from those in the world who follow after such things.  Its no wonder so many find “Christians” to be hypocrites !  They see no difference in those who say they follow Christ, then they do in the world !

As I share this devotional and God’s Word with you, I am hearing the Lord speaking to be as well in the areas I need to change things in my heart and my life…

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Becoming  A Woman Of Excellence even from the first chapter is a very thought provoking study of areas that can be life changing ! I need to be totally honest with you here… though I read my bible and I take notes, I am a list person ! I have never been good at writing in a devotional or journaling, blogging or following through in some ways. But I am going to try to change that, as I wish to be an encouragement as I seek to follow the Lord and the changes he wants me to make in my own life and the life of my family.

Think on this…

Presenting our bodies as a living sacrifice , holy acceptable unto God, which is our reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Romans 12: 1&2 

~ Linda Marie ~

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I received a free copy of this devotional for my unbiased review and personal use and have received no further compensation for doing so.

Sweet Child of Mine by Jennifer Flanders

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What a blessing this Devotional Journal is ! To be honest I wish there had been such things when I was having my own children.  I truly love the pictures in here that you will enjoy for years to come and I know this would really be a wonderful gift to many. A book sure to touch the heart of any mom !

A Devotional Journal for Moms by Jennifer Flanders Isn’t this book so sweet,
there is so much wisdom in here for a new Mamma and for the next generation
to read later in the future !

I just love the way Jennifer has thought of each little area to be filled in by a loving
mother, while she is caring for her children and adding each things caring so that
her child can have these memories to cherish. From before this child was even conceived
until later in life.

This journal is filled with Bible verses on mothers babies and love, that will bring God’s
Word to life to the family. Information to pray for that child before birth and as a child and
as a teen ! Each thing that is included in this Devotional Journal has been added with much
thought given to details.

This would make a very special gift for the New Mom to Be or for a Mom who has children to fill
in for each child. You may want to get one for each baby you have had. Great Baby Shower
present for the expectant christian couple to write down their thoughts as they travel this journey
of pregnancy and birth and training up of their child.

I am sure you will totally enjoy this book and see that it is indeed a true blessing.

I was given this book via the publisher/Author and I recieved this book by applying
through BookCrash , it was given freely for my honest review.

You can find this book and other things by the Author at
lovinglifeathome.com
flandersfamily.info
prescottpublishing.org

You may purchase your own copy here:
Sweet Child of Mine: A Devotional Journal for Moms

Sucking the Life Out of You !

Sucking The Life Out of You – By Linda Bradt Finn
 
 
~ I am not sure about you all, but I have always tried to be a people pleaser and always help others… Sometimes, to the point that I am emotionally drained and dragged down. It wasn’t until 2015 that I finally realized there are folks who will always be an emotional drain on you and never listen to sound advice and never change their lives no matter how sick they are… I am talking physically, emotionally or mentally sick. Have you ever felt like that ? You do and do for others until your empty and you might not even have the energy for your own family that it has drained you so much… its not a good place to be. When you think family, I am talking those in your own house, not extended family outside your home. We have to focus on Us and our immediate family in our home as that is what matters at the moment. I know that is so true for me as a wife to a man with mental and physical disabilities and as a homeschooling mom of 3 who are still at home. There were days in my past where even my older kids as older teens and even as they become young adults or adults the drama and emotional damage that they can do to you , disabled me from doing my best for the Lord in my own home and it really reaps havoc on your family. Mark and I suffered a lot of emotional crap trying to raise my kids from a previous relationship. Even to the point of being investigated by CPS 4 times and found not guilty of the allegations put against us. And when it comes to “friends” those you have met, by letter, on the internet, or in person, I tended to go into each relationship 100% and thought others were the same way as I am. Time and time again, Mark would say “Lin, Human nature 101…smiling faces tell lies ” For so many years I never could see that as I was raised to be a real friend and a truthful person. So when I would help someone, send them things numerous times over a 14 year period and never see any fruit from the advise given or a changed lifestyle, you tend to wonder if what your doing is effective. When you strive to love people like the Lord wants you to and they act like you are treating them wrong, you get very discouraged at times. And if you know more folks who help the same people a lot and it seems like everyone’s love and mercy on them isn’t making them more responsible, but causing them to become dependent upon everyone, you have to re-examine what your doing…. When I started my business I had several friends doing the same business…. so I chose to sign up under someone that had friends in common with me, hoping none of your friends would feel hurt and yet I could do business along side them and if anyone wanted to know how I was succeeding , I would share my knowledge with everyone so we all learned and benefited. I love seeing others I know and love succeed ! So how much can you really help those who never change, you have watched and seen this is the reality right… With my older adult children, I don’t even like to use adult as they at times are so immature and self centered, they don’t have the qualities of adults who are mature… but with them, I learned that if I allow their drama in my home or near us, we all suffer harm emotionally and mentally. With others who are suppose to be Adults and never change as I was told at some point you burn that bridge, don’t look back and go on with your life and live without their drama and constant draining on your life…at least until they learn the lesson God is trying to teach them. Trials in life are for learning from and sometimes when we all step in the way of that, they never learn to stand on their own two feet and become dependents of whomever. ( its akin to the welfare in the US….constant handouts create an entitlement attitude at the expense of others who work hard to earn what they have.) We can only help just so much or we harm those we are trying to help by standing in Gods way to bring them to the understanding of the need to be God sufficient… God has known my heart for the last 15 years Mark and I have been married and regardless of what others think, its been in the right place and I truly meant to be a real friend.
 
Real Friendships and Relationships don’t suck the life out of you…
 
For a man to have friends, He must show himself/herself to be friendly…
 
Be Truthful, Be Honest, Be Responsible, Be Honorable, Don’t Whine
 
#LiveLifeOnPurpose #GodlyLiving #TrueFriendships #RealRelationships #BeTruthful #BeHonest #BeResonsible #BeHonorable #StoptheWhining #IhaveTried #BurningBridges
#NoMoreDrama #DramaQueen

Remarkable Resilient Ruth with Carol McLeod

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Every Tuesday starting April 22, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: Life Church, 4928 Seneca Street, West Seneca, NY US 14224

If you think that your life is falling apart … just wait until you read about a girl by the name of Ruth!  Ruth’s husband died …  there was a horrific economic crisis in her country that resulted in no groceries anywhere …  and her mother-in-law decided to leave her by the side of the road!  What does a young woman in those circumstances do?  Ruth set her resolve to respond in faithfulness, kindness and honor.  Ruth’s decision changed the course of history.  Never underestimate the power of one decision to simply be kind … to be faithful … and to honor those around you.  Who knows?!  Your life might change the course of history, too!

Excellent childcare and children’s programs provided!

She is Devotional with Carol McLeod ” Just Joy Ministries “

“She Is…” Devtional

Introducing A Brand New Devotional…

“She Is…”

Your mom story is different from anyone else’s because you … your life … and your children are unique.

You were created to mother the children that you have been given by the grandest Father of all!

Join us from May 1 – 10th, and discover that everything  that He is … you can be also as you travel the exciting, often times tempestuous, yet always fulfilling experience of motherhood!

  • Whether you are a mom of 1 or 19…this is for you!

  • Whether you are a mom of babies, preschoolers, teens or adult children…this is for you!

  • Whether you are married or single…young or old…this is for you!

  • Whether you are waving the white flag or living the pinterest dream…this is for you!

 CLICK HERE  to sign up for the 10 daily devotionals (beginning May 1st and ending May 10th) to be delivered to your inbox.  We’ll share funny stories, yummy recipes, specific prayers, tips from seasoned moms, and so much more!  If you’ve ever needed encouragement for the journey…this devotional is for you!

She Is a Warrior.  She is Tender. She is MOM!