God’s Instructions

I read this verse last week: 1 Peter 2:17 “Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God.” Like many other verses in the Bible, it’s a good summation of what we are to do everyday for God. I said last week I was going to post ways we can seek God first. Here are three things we can do:

  1. Show proper respect to everyone. God created ALL people and loves ALL people. God does not show favor to white, black, or yellow skin so neither should we. Unfortunately, it is a big problem in society today. Doing research for this post, I found that the US is not alone in it’s problem. Even England, Germany, Russia and Australia have prejudice people. Unfortunately, when God gave us free choice, we made bad choices,  and that includes thinking that people of a different color are somehow not worthy of our love and respect. But I have to point out one thing: we all bleed red blood; we all have the same organs in our bodies; we all get our feelings hurt if you call us names. Click To Tweet And no one on this Earth is perfect, white, black or brown skinned. Only God is perfect and that’s why we need Him so much, to forgive our sins, make us perfect again and allow us into Heaven. 

  2. Love the family of believers. Well, the first phrase tells us to respect everyone and that includes those that believe the same as we do, go to church with us or even a church down the street or across the world. But I think this especially means if there is someone in the church that has needs like a family whose house has burned down or lost their income, someone who is sick and in the hospital or orphans and widows. A church should take care of them as the Bible instructs us to do. And of course we should pray for one another, I try to do that when God brings someone into my thoughts. I may not be able to do something tangible at that moment but I can certainly pray that God would meet their need through someone else, or perhaps they need emotional support at that moment. I know God is listening and He will be their Rock in times of trouble.

  3. And the last instruction in this verse is to fear God. One Bible dictionary I read said, “two sides of the fear of the Lord: that which produces awe, reverence, and obedience, and that which causes one to cower in dread and terror in anticipation of his displeasure.” I have to admit, during my childhood, I belonged to a church that scared me into believing in God. They made God into a finger-shaking figure in Heaven that would come down and punish me if I didn’t do the right things. Now, I know better and He is also a loving God who doesn't punish people, only shakes His head with sadness when we disappoint Him. Click To TweetKind of like a good father on earth would, He wants us to succeed. But now that I have been a Christian for 26 years, I am more in the other category. I am filled with awe, reverence and thankfulness that He has chosen me to be part of His eternal family. He has chosen me to love and adore and bless with salvation. He has shown me over the years that He is a loving God, He has answered prayers and I have felt His presence when I needed it. That is why I still believe and ‘fear’ God.

I hope you have learned something today, friends and pray that you will go about your day serving God and loving others.

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Happy New Year

Beautiful!

It’s that time of year again. We are starting a new year. Weren’t we just worrying about how computers were going to handle the change from 1999 to the year 2000?? Maybe that dates me but I was concerned about it. Now, eighteen years later we are worrying about the new tax plan or how the new leadership will deal with North Korea and China. We recently had a train accident near my home that made me see just how precious life is and that it can change in an instant, which makes me appreciate my life and family a little more.

At the beginning of a new year, some people make a new year’s resolution. One statistic I read said that only eight percent of people keep their resolutions. I looked up the definition of resolution and it said: intent, decision, plan. Unfortunately, most people who make resolutions don’t plan well. They just put the decision in the back of their mind and think about it once in awhile. But they don’t do anything to change their lives and make it a habit instead of an idea. For instance, say you want to increase the number of times a day you pray. What steps would you take to do that? First, you need to think about what time in your schedule would allow for more prayer. You could  get up 15 minutes earlier every day. You could use part of your lunch hour to pray. You could pray while the kids are taking a nap. Or you could pray while driving home from work (or on the bus/subway) instead of listening to music. But please keep your eyes open if you are driving! Whatever you decide your resolution will be, make a plan, put it on your calendar even and your resolution will turn into a reality instead of just a thought. “Good planning and hard work will lead to prosperity.” Prov. 21:5 Even in the Bible God talks about planning, but it also mentions that you shouldn't do it without Him in mind. Click To Tweet

Proverbs 16:1

We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer.

 vs. 3 – Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.

Proverbs 16:9

We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.

So make sure to pray before you move forward with your plans and resolution. Is this what God is calling you to do? Or does He have something else in mind for you? Although I’m sure prayer is something He would agree we all need more of, there are some things we think we need that God doesn’t agree with. I will continue to pray that all of you love Him with your whole heart.

My resolution is to make and keep God as my focus and seek His Kingdom first above all things.  So for the next few weeks on the blog I will be sharing what I learn about this in His Word. I hope you will come back and learn with me. Mt. 6:33

When you are planning your Women’s Ministry calendar for 2018, consider Steph Mounier as a speaker. Go to Steph Speaks Page to find out about her and her topics. Also check out Steph’s  books page or Bible journaling page.

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What would Jesus do? #2

What would Jesus do after hearing about this shooting in Texas? First of all, I think He would pray for all of the people involved. There was one scene in the media where three people were praying together. We don’t know who they were or what they were praying for but it is the epitome of Christianity, and the first thing we should do when some crisis or tragedy comes into our lives. In Matthew 17 Jesus prayed that the Father would help his followers experience perfect unity and the world will know He sent Jesus.

Second, He would and comforted everyone there with hugs, a pat on the back, or a word of encouragement. Then Jesus would have served the people in practical ways by making phone calls, making meals, driving people places who are in no condition to drive because of emotions or physical problems, visiting the victims in the hospital and many other things I can’t think of, I’m sure.

In addition, Jesus would be helping the law enforcement officers, nurses, and doctors do their jobs. And He would have been compassionate and filled with love and kindness doing all of it. Click To Tweet So friends, think and act like Jesus whenever you can because He made the ultimate sacrifice for you on the cross. And you can thank Him each day for it.

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A refreshing, cleansing shower

We have all heard our referred to as dirty or scarlet, but in Hebrews 10 it says Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross allows us to approach God with clean hearts. And in the first chapter of Isaiah, God pleads with his people, He tells them to change their ways, turn away from evil, and do good; if they will be obedient and turn back to him, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow.” That was all a preface to say that we all feel dirty sometimes because of something that we’ve done, today or something in our past. Whether you’ve been a Christian for a day, a year or twenty five years like I have, I hope you will read this post and try it. It may help you get rid of some sin and bring forgiveness.

I don’t know about all of you but at the end of the day, the first sentence of my prayer at bedtime is to ask for forgiveness for whatever sins I’ve comitted that day, those that I remember and those that I don’t. It’s a wonderful, peaceful end to the day, and along with praising Him for His blessings, makes my connection to God a good end to the day. But there was one day last week that helped to cleanse me from sin that I wanted to share with you. I’ve posted in earlier blogs that we are moving soon so my husband and I have been working hard to get rid of twenty years of things that have piled up during our marriage with kids, giving some to Goodwill and moving some to the new place. (And neither me nor my husband are organized people so it’s a bigger mess than we realized.) It’s almost done though and are moving within 30-60 days. So I was taking a shower at the end of day to wash the dirt off not realizing it would be another kind of cleansing shower. I stood under the water before I got out and just imagined all of the sin of today and of my past flowing down the drain. Some of it was little chunks of white lies I don’t even remember telling, a few scraps of loud yelling-at-the-kids, some cursing i’ve done after stubbing a toe or an angry rant. And the biggest one lately was being rude to my husband. You should try it sometime. Use your imagination and make some visual manifestations of those sins that keep coming up. Then watch them flow off your body and down the drain, never to return again, just like your sins when they are forgiven by God.

You can get my book “You are God’s Masterpiece!” on Amazon for your Kindle or other devices with the Kindle app. it is also available on iPad, Kobo, Nook and other internet sites. Click on the picture below for the link on Amazon.

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Tuesday – Cheerleaders of FaithTea and Word LinkupTrekking ThruTuesday Talk,

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How will you serve God?

You can serve God in your Marriage:

Here is what God has to say about wives and marriage: Proverbs 12:4 “A wife of noble character is her husband’s joy, but she who makes him ashamed is like decay in the bones.” (Here are some other Proverbs about wives: 18:22, 21:9, 21:19, 19:13-14) A wife could a blessing to her husband or she could be a quarrelsome, argumentative woman, sounding like a dripping faucet or leaking roof. Other Proverbs say it is better to live on a roof or in a desert than live with a quarrelsome woman. I don’t know about you but I don’t want to sound that annoying or make my husband want to go live on the roof! What does quarrelsome mean? Difficult to please, demeaning, negative, condescending, disrespectful, always reminding him of past mistakes, questioning his judgments and authority. But what does the last verse of Proverbs 19 say? “A prudent wife is from the Lord.” Prudent means good sense, good judgment, careful in managing resources: like the Proverbs 31 woman. I don’t think it’s at all possible to have every attribute of the Proverbs 31 woman, but we can strive for a few of them. And thankfully in this century we have more modern conveniences than she did then and it is easier to go to the store to buy clothes and food rather than make it all ourselves!

Then there is a verse about submission. Ephesians 5:22-24 says wives should submit to their husbands but it also says the church submits to God. Aren’t we as a church eager to please God? If we love and respect our husbands, we are willing to submit. But if you aren’t willing to submit to a decision your husband makes, you need to pray. Pray that he will be wiser and seek God for his answers or pray that you will.  Although it does not say we should do everything our husbands say. DO NOT DO anything that is against the law, God’s laws or the governments laws. That would not be something God would ask of you. If you married a good man that does not generally break the law and loves you, you should not worry he would ask you to do something that God wouldn’t want you to do. Verses 25 through 28 of chapter 5 tell husbands to love their wives. So God is also asking men to give something to their wives in marriage, not only women. A good marriage should be 100% commitment given by each person to God to love, respect and cherish the other person. Click To Tweet Cherish means to adore, hold dear, love, dote on, be devoted to, revereesteem, and admire.

Marriage is the hardest relationship of any other that we humans enter into. It is one that we choose. We get to choose the one person that we spend the rest of our lives with. Marriage is meant to be a lifetime commitment. Although a lot of people in today’s society choose to end their marriages before even trying to make them work. Instead of forgiveness, they choose resentment. Instead of faithfulness, they choose to turn to someone outside their relationship when something goes wrong. Instead of kindness, they choose bickering and anger. Instead of trying counseling they choose failure. I hope that you will choose to seek God first and ask Him how to make your marriage stronger. Namely, love, respect and cherish your spouse so that God would be pleased with your service to Him.

Check out my other pages like Bible journalingSelf- Confidence Boosters or Steph Speaks Ministry. I welcome all comments and follows on social media…

I linkup with other Christian bloggers at these sites:

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Wednesday – A Wise Woman Builds her HomeChristian Blogger CommunityCoffee & ConversationCoffee for your HeartMesses to MessagesRecharge WednesdaySitting Among FriendsWord Filled WednesdayWriting Wednesdays,

Thursday – Chasing CommunityHeart EncouragementSalt and LightTune in Thursday,

Friday – Dance with JesusFaith and FriendsFaith Filled FridayFresh Market FridayGrace & Truth

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Back to the Bible A 5-Day Challenge for Cultivating Better Bible Habits

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Taking a breath

I am writing a Bible study to post over the summer beginning on June 2. But here are some of my older posts that you can revisit: The Armor of God, Choose your thoughts, or God’s thoughts.

Or check out my new Bible journaling page, with lots of pictures.

I leave you with Paul’s wish for the Philippians, and my wish for you: “May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation, the right righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ, for this will bring much glory and praise to God.” Phil. 1:11

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Crystal Twaddell

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God knows your name.

There is a song on the radio by Matthew West called “Hello, My Name is…” He talks about people who are hindered by regret and defeat. I’m going to add to it guilt, depression, self-doubt, self-recrimination and criticism or any number of things that keeps you from fully committing yourself and your life fully to God. One of the things I post most about, speak on and am writing a book about is loving yourself as God loves you. But as humans, again and again we insist upon making ourselves and others feel bad about themselves. In the Bible God says His love is, “never ending, everlasting, forgiving, and forgetful (of our sins.) He is rich in mercy, shows no partiality or prejudice. God has plans for good in our lives, and keeps all the promises He has made to us in the Bible, of which there are too many to name here. Matthew’s choruses sing that we are “a child of the one true King.” He tells us we are saved, changed and set free by God and His love. If only it were possible for us to love ourselves as God loved us we would have no problems, right? But that would mean we were perfect and we wouldn’t need God! But we are human and imperfect and we need God more and more each day as the world become more selfish and chaotic.

Here are a few things that you can do to keep your focus on God and not regret, defeat and guilt, etc.

  1. Praise and thankfulness. Remember to praise God for His goodness and blessings in your life, even praise and thank Him for answers to prayer He may not have given you yet. But you know He will, right?
  2. Ask for forgiveness but then ask Him to help you forget those sins like He has. He tosses your sins in to the Sea of Forgetfulness, never to return. And Jesus didn’t come to condemn us either. So you shouldn’t condemn yourself for your sins over and over again either.
  3. Remember that God is on your side. If your are loving Him and obeying His Word, He wants to give you good gifts. So keep putting one step in front of the other and He will bring you joy!

Steph is available to speak to your western Washington or Oregon church or women’s group for encouragement, email Steph at stephwrites68@gmail.com. Topics I speak about include “Lukewarm or Hot: How Will You Serve God Today?” “How to Love Yourself,” and “How to Parent without Blowing Your Top.”

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God is our Rock

“My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no one can reach me. Oh my people, trust in Him at all times.” Ps. 62:6,7

God is the only one that we can fully trust. God is the only one who we can lean against that isn’t going to fall over. He is a rock that isn’t going to break or move. He is the shelter that isn’t going to leak or fail. He will bring us victory over all our battles against people, illness, and demons.

We have all had friends, or family members even, that have hurt us or betrayed us. I can think of one time I have done it, not even intentionally. I told a friend of a friend something that I had no right to tell. But was unaware she did not know about it until afterward. So I was puzzled when the second friend was not talking to me. I was in the process of moving and didn’t have time to talk to her about it. A few years later, the Lord reminded me of the situation and I realized what had happened. I tried to contact the friend but had lost her information. I asked God for forgiveness and of course, He granted it. But once in awhile I still think of the friend and regret what happened. I still hate what happened and God has to remind me that I am forgiven. But we are human and we do things that we regret and hopefully we learn from them.

No matter what we say or do to God, He won’t abandon us. There are times in our lives when He feels far away, like He’s not answering ours prayers or our words are hitting a glass ceiling. But His answer may be “not now” or “I have something else in mind.” But that’s not what we want to hear so we ignore it and keep praying the same thing. Sometimes the best way to get your answer to prayer is sit still and be quiet and praise God for what He is going to do and has done for you in the past. And be quiet for awhile. Just picture Him on His throne or on a cloud or however you see Him at rest. Then wait. I’ve heard Him with an audible voice and I’ve heard a whisper in my heart. Or I’ve heard nothing and He’s said something through a friend or pastor. But trust in Him and He will give you all you need. God bless you friends.

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Joy in Troubles?

I read that verse again today, “Count it all joy when you face troubles of many kinds…” James 1:2

Usually, my first thought is REALLY? It seems I’ve had so many trials and troubles that I just want to pitch a fit, lay down on the ground and scream and cry, or at least kick a tire or two. BUT NOOOOOOOO, God wants us to be joyful when our muscles hurt or we can’t find work, or we have cancer or our children are growing up too fast and they want to join the military and move away from you (like two of mine are.)

So I may grumble a little and let off some steam but realize that their career choices will be good for them, make me proud and get them some money to go to college too. My husband went without work for awhile last year and we were biting our fingernails but God came through and gave him a job. We may have to wait sometimes. Or God could be saying I have something better for you down the road. He may be saying flat out NO because that course of action is not the right one for you.

In verse 3 it says, “the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” And isn’t that a good thing in this helter skelter, chaotic, unpredictable world? God wants us to be witnesses to His good works and one of those ways is to be calm in the  midst of the storms of life. We can show others how He gives us peace. So be joyful folks even when it doesn’t seem possible. Ask God to give you peace and steadfastness.

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Before surgery 2

It was my intention to make three posts before my surgery, one for each week. But I got sick several days after the first post. I have been sick for two whole weeks with a sinus infection and miserable. But after the first week I went to the Dr and got some antibiotics. So my prayers have gone from heal me to comfort me and then back to heal me after the surgery. But in my devotions and daily scripture emails I have seen several scriptures about fear which have told me to be “strong and courageous”  and “feat not!” And 4 verses that say, “What can man do to me if God is on my side?/with me?” So I may have to repeat these things over and over in my head during surgery but God is good and He will be with me! The countdown begins. Surgery is in 4 days, Wednesday at 8:45 am. Pray for me if you can, thank you.

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