Thursday, September 11, 2014

30 Days of Gratefulness (Day 8)

Posted by Teresa at 7:30 PM View Comments
Sorry I haven't been keeping up with my 30 days of gratefulness.
I've been a little under the weather and busy. But back to business.
Believe it or not I had an in-depth talk today with someone
at work about the importance of being thankful! How cool is that!

I'm thankful for today:

1) my fellow believers
2) religious freedom.........so many countries don't have it
3) the Holy Spirit.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

30 Days of Gratefulness (Day 7)

Posted by Teresa at 7:15 PM View Comments
The Lord is my strength and my safe cover. My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. So my heart is full ofjoy. I will thank Him with my song.  - Psalm 28:7

I've heard it said many times before but it is so true: Life is not
about getting what you want, but wanting what you have.
That's the key! You have to appreciate and be grateful for what
you have TODAY! Did you know that suicide is really only a
problem in developed countries like America?  We have so
material goods in America but we still aren't happy. We haven't
learned to want what we have.

Today I am grateful for:
1) tough times
2) my country
3) to live next the ocean

My God is so good!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Why I Support Mark Driscoll

Posted by Teresa at 6:04 PM View Comments


A couple of years ago I started listening to online sermons
by Pastor Mark Driscoll. I thought his blunt style was
refreshing. Those not familiar with the evangelical
community might not have heard of him or the recent
controversy he's got in. But even The New York Times
is noticing now.

First, I want to say I don't condone all of his action or words.
He's apologized. However, I am not gonna throw my
Christian brother under the bus.

Let me just be completely honest: I am SICK and tired of going
to church and church events and it mostly being attended by
women. Women outnumber men in church attendance. At Mars
Hill, the church Driscoll pastors, men make up 50 percent of the
congregation. Whatever you have to say about Pastor Driscoll,
he is doing something right. He's reaching an audience that
the Church needs. So maybe instead of attacking him some
Christian leaders should be asking him what he's doing right.

I actually think part of the reason he's in trouble is the same
reason he appeals to men. He's not politically correct. He's
blunt. He doesn't mince words. He has a sharp tongue. He's
very practical. All qualities I think men can relate to. When
did the Church become politically correct?

The Word of God is not political correct. It can be abrasive
sometimes. It can be blunt. The Bible is not all sunflowers
and roses. So many popular pastors only talk about God's
love and encouragement, which is all fine and well, but
that's not the totality. So I admire Pastor Driscoll for delving
to heavier topics.

Maybe Pastor Driscoll appealed to a certain demographic
because so much of American Christianity is safe and toothless
and he was offering something different. This is why I
support him:

Monday, September 1, 2014

30 Days of Gratefulness (Day 6)

Posted by Teresa at 5:12 PM View Comments

Wow. Today was a restful day. Praise Jesus!
I took the Sabbath off of blogging. Saturday
night was such a blessing. Church friends and I
just hung out by the ocean and praised him and
talked.

Today I mostly took advantaged of my day off
and rested!

Today I am grateful for:
1) a day off
2) sleep
3) my friends

Saturday, August 30, 2014

30 Days of Gratefulness (Day 5)

Posted by Teresa at 3:30 PM View Comments

Do not worry. Learn to pray about everything.
Give  thanks to God as you ask Him for what 
you need.
- Philippians 4:6

I'm learning to start my prayers in thanksgiving. How can I ask
anything from my Heavenly Father when I don't even thank
Him for what he has already done? How do I expect to be bless 
beyond belief when I don't even appreciate what I have?

So here'e another thing I'm learning about gratefulness: You
can't be grateful if you are constantly comparing yourself to
others. In this social media world we see our friends and
acquaintances post happy photos and updates on Facebook
or Instagram. 
And for a moment we can think........."Why
can't I have 
what they have?" or "Why can't be more like
that?" Honestly, 
what you are looking at is a snippet of
someone's life. Not their whole life.  
You don't know
what they have been through or what they are going
through. 

So today I am grateful:
1) the rain that occurred this week. We needed it.
2) my singleness. I spent time by myself today 
and I felt so much peace.
3) music. It is so soothing to the soul.


Friday, August 29, 2014

30 Days of Gratefulness (Day 4)

Posted by Teresa at 10:04 PM View Comments
Lift up your hands to the holy place and givethanks to the Lord.
-Psalm 134:2

Wow. It has been a long week. So tired! But I am
grateful that I have been so busy working that I am
tired. I can already tell this 30 days of gratefulness
is helping me get some perspective.

Today I am thankful for:

1) a sane mind
2) perseverance
3) Friday evenings!

God bless!



Thursday, August 28, 2014

30 Days of Gratefulness (Day 3)

Posted by Teresa at 7:11 PM View Comments
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.


Psalm 136:1



I think one of the most unappealing quality a 
person can possess is ingratitude.  I must admit
I haven't always been the most grateful person
so that's why I am working on it!

God is so good and I want to thank Him on 
the daily.

Today I am thankful for:

1) new beginnings. Lots of changes in my life.
Change is good.

2) God's love. He's all I need.

3) change of seasons. I am looking forward to fall :-)


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

30 Days of Gratefulness (Day 2)

Posted by Teresa at 7:15 PM View Comments
They have made me happy. They would have made you happy also. Show them you are thankful for their help. - 1 Corinthians 16:18

I am a blessed woman. I don't EVER want to forget that!
I am so thankful for the people in my life.  It's amazing
how a simple thank you means. Show the supportive
people in your life you appreciate them.



Today I am thankful for:

1) my supportive family. I know they are proud of me.
2) encouraging words.
3) every opportunity thrown my way.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

30 Days of Gratefulness (Day 1)

Posted by Teresa at 8:54 PM View Comments
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for
this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 
- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NJKV


I'm trying to inculcate a more grateful heart and spirit.  I have spoken
before on 
my blog about dealing with depression. I firmly believe that
learning to be 
thankful will lift one's spirits up. When you are down
all you focus on 
is the negative but everyone has something to be
thankful for.
Maybe listing those positive things will make life seem
not so bad after all!
 
So I am challenging myself to update my blog
for 30 days and each day 
I will blog about three things I am thankful for.
I hope others 
will join me in this endeavor!


Day 1

I'm thankful for.....

1) my health. I went to the gym and worked out. I am
thankful I am in good health and have energy.

2) that I have people that care for me. I am loved.

3) my uniqueness. I am different. There is nobody like me.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Things I've Learned from Being a Christian Single

Posted by Teresa at 7:42 PM View Comments

I've been single for a long time and I thought I would share a few things I've
learned about being single and a Christian.

1.) Patience. It is hard to wait but you experience growth through your waiting.

2.) There is no such thing as "the One." God cares more if you are in a
relationship that honors Him than if you are with "the One." He wants
each one of us to further His kingdom. There is not going to be a big flashing
sign "HE IS THE ONE!"

3.) Just because a guy is a church-goer doesn't mean they really
care about dating in God-honoring fashion. Be careful. 

4.) Church folk can put pressure on you when it comes to your 
relationship status. Just keep your eyes on serving Him.

5.) There is nothing wrong with you. Just because you are single doesn't
mean there is something wrong with you.

6.) Know what you want. I know what I want and I'm not settling. To
the world my standards might be too high. I rather be single than settle for
something I don't want and that doesn't glorify God.

7.) Never put a relationship before God. You will be greatly disappointed.

8.) Never use God to justify your desires. OMG! He's goes to the same
church and we keep running into each other......it must be from God! Uh, no.
Don't over-spiritual stuff.

9.) If something ain't working.....STOP IT! Why keep returning to your
vomit? (Proverbs 26:11)

I thought I would leave you all with a romantic song :-)

 

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