You are Loaded!

Blessed be the Lord who daily loads us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Psalm 68:19

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Our second Bible Challenge is Psalm 68:19. I affectionately call it the “B” verse. Try to say or think each Bible Challenge verse 1 time a day. Now I just said that to get your attention. The real challenge is to say it 100 times today. That’s just 10 x 10. You may think of it at ten different times during the day, and each time meditate or say the verse 10 times. There is no penalty for not completing the task, so see how far you can get and how much benefit you receive from what you can accomplish. Remember each verse is full of life and a little extra life in your day has to be a good thing!

This particular verse is dear to me because it is one we used to post in our car. We printed it out on a big sheet of paper and taped it to the dash of the car. The boys and I would say it ten times each time we got in the car. Once 5-year old Nick received a twenty dollar bill from a well-known traveling minister, and he was certain it was a result of having meditated on that verse.

Truly, the Lord does load us with benefits daily. Just think of all the things that didn’t happen to you yesterday. For example, I didn’t break a leg, break an egg, break the bank or have a flat tire. Now I can’t say that every day. One day last week, we had two flat tires on two different cars in one day, but that’s a different story. There really are so many things that God and His angels are doing every day to keep us safe and to move us along into our destiny. There are many things that could go wrong and don’t every day! And many things that absolutely go right that we hardly notice. Let’s notice today and be thankful. Blessed be the Lord who daily loads us with benefits, even the God of our salvation.

If you take the challenge of saying or meditating this verse at least once today, let me know and have a terrific day, loaded with benefits!

Blessed be the Lord who daily loads us with benefits,

even the God of our salvation. 

Psalm 68:19

Favor, Don’t Leave Home Without It

These inspirational sayings were inspired by the wonderful book called Favor, The Road to Success by Bob Buess. When I was blessed to be the teacher and principal of a wonderful Christian school in North Carolina, our class started our day by repeating these words together. They are in my heart, and I often go to sleep or wake up with them going over in my mind. They are scriptural; they are available to all of us who can accept them as true for us. God is only too willing to be there for us and with us if we but open our hearts and minds to Him. These are best said out loud once a day, every day until they become your beliefs because it is our beliefs, our faith, that God responds to.

                                                                           Favor

ImageGod favors me today.

God is with me today.

God is helping me today.

I am someone very special to the Lord.

Good things are happening to me spiritually today.

Good things are happening to me financially today.

Good things are happening to me in all my relationships today.

I am looking for ways to favor others today.

Today will be a great day because Jesus lives big in me today

And every day!

I have the mind of Christ today.

I have the mind of Christ today.

I have the mind of Christ today!

Just Ask

ask1One day I was in the kitchen of our house when I was in high school. My friend had just gotten engaged and for some reason I absolutely remember and have remembered many times that I stood in that kitchen and in my heart asked God to give me a special marriage. I only remember praying that specific prayer once, and it was three or four years and boyfriends later when I met Larry. I could tell you more of the story, but suffice it to say that it has been an incredibly special marriage.

Sometimes we wish and hope and perhaps even dream, but the question is never formed.ask3 I tried to find out how many times the word “ask” is in the Bible and could not find the answer so I will send a prize to the first person who finds the answer to that question and sends it to me with documentation! For real! It will probably be a book.

Meditate the verse for today, and then go ahead and ask! God has told us to do it, so we have His permission. He is or should be our Best Friend. He might say “no,” “yes,” “maybe,” “not now,” but more times than you can count, His answer will be more than you could have ever imagined. I think He loves to surprise us with His Goodness, His Wisdom, His loving Provision and His Answers! And our joy will be indeed be full. So just ask!

Ask and you shall receive,

that your joy may be full.

John 16:24

Bible Challenge

Whether or not you currently acknowledge God, as the Creator of the universe or Jesus, as your Lord and Savior, the Bible offers life and truth that will bring encouragement and strength to you. I offer this challenge to encourage you to take a taste of these words of life and truth and then determine the value they can add to your life.

Bible Challenge: Say or Think “Today’s Verse” 100 times today. That’s just 10 x 10. You may think of it at ten different times during the day, and each time meditate or say the verse 10 times. If you haven’t completed the challenge by bedtime, tally up to 100. It’s also a good idea to read the entire chapter to get the whole story in context. Also, try picturing what the verse means to you personally and what God wants to say to you through it. It may be different for each of us. Let us know if you feel stronger or more encouraged. Look for Bible Challenges every few days. The first 26 will be verses for each letter of the alphabet. They will soon become your friends. When our blog becomes a book, : ) every other page will be a favorite verse or quote. Here’s today’s Bible Challenge. Let me know if you take the Challenge.

delightfulbibleAsk and you shall receive,

that your joy may be full.

John 16:24

Everybody Needs a Comment

Published Feb 2, 2013

Everybody Needs a Comment

To really appreciate this story, you need to be able to appreciate Facebook. I personally appreciate Facebook in spite of its obvious invasion of privacy. It’s where I find funny stories and videos, songs, inspirational quotes and what my friends had for breakfast. Of course you can also find groaning, moaning, and complaining and a smattering of freaking out about what some “idiot (forgive me) politician” did.

Today’s story is here to remind all of us that Everybody needs a “Comment”, or at least a “Like.” We Facebook-lovers really look forward to seeing “Notifications”. This tells us who liked what we said or commented on it. The other day when I was smiling because of someone’s comment, I saw a picture in my imagination. It was a picture of people of all nationalities, sizes, shapes, and dispositions. They were the people you and I see every day, family members, friends, co-workers, passers-by. Each one was wearing a sign around his neck that said, “Please comment.”

Every one of us needs to know that what we say and who we are is noticed and perhaps even valuable to someone. If you think something nice, please say it. Acknowledge clerks and co-workers, other shoppers and especially children. We have no idea the impact it could make on someone’s day or even their life.

There are three times in my life that I am thinking of that impacted my destiny, I believe, in the way that God intended! The first one happened on the playground in Falmouth, Kentucky when I was in the third grade. I was wearing a green dress that had one big yellow pocket and one big red pocket on the front with alternating colors of buttons. As I ran across the playground in front of my teacher, Miss Bishop, I heard her say to another teacher, “There goes a nice little girl.” I have remembered that fondly over the years. Who is to say, but what that helped guide me through my life. Most who know me will affirm that I was indeed “a good little girl.” My parents or teachers never had any trouble from me. I wanted to please others, and I wanted to do what was right and obey all rules. May all your children and grandchildren overhear that they are a “good little boy or girl.” Thank you Miss Bishop.

Another important occasion that definitely affected my destiny was the comment that I gave myself. I had a very low self esteem when I was in college. While working as a counselor at a summer camp in Hendersonville, North Carolina, I was blessed to make a friend that I highly valued. Later during the year when this friend and I were traveling with others from the camp on a promotional trip, I found out that Larry, not only wanted to be my friend, but wanted to date me. When this first sank in with me, I commented to myself, “If Larry Jordan likes me, I must be okay.” I held him in such high esteem and still do to this day that what he thinks of me matters. As it turns out over many wonderful years, he has convinced me that I am more than okay; I am the love of his love. Needless to say, I do everything I can to fulfill his belief in me and make life wonderful for him and our family as well. Thank you, Sharon for realizing that “If Larry Jordan likes you, you must be okay.” By the way, we have been happily married for over thirty years.

The third comment came from a manager when I was training to work for my second company in the marketing industry. I had been in class with two other gentlemen. Both were extremely aggressive and out-going. I was, to say the least, intimidated. This man spoke with me privately after our training was completed and said, “You are the one who will do well because you are honest and sincere.” One of the other gentlemen never started to work for that company and the other lasted only a few weeks. I am still working in this business six years later and loving it! Thank you Aaron!

Can you make a difference in someone’s life today? If you think something nice, please say it. We all need to hear it. If you can smile or wave at someone, you just might make their day by acknowledging their presence on this big planet of ours. So “comment” or “like” as many people as you can today. Start at home and start with yourself, then go out and make the world a friendlier, happier place by sharing God’s love with all of those you meet.

May all your days be happy ones!

Sharon

Happy Hour

Published Feb 1, 2013

Happy Hour

Happy Hour? You’ve probably heard of it. I’ve passed by some nice restaurants and seen the placard out front beckoning passersby with their flashing sign, “Happy Hour, 4-7, free appetizers.” Tempting, sounds interesting, sounds like fun, free is good. I heard that “It’s five o’clock somewhere,” and people generally smile when they say that. Why is that?

Happy Hour? I like the sound of it.  Many happy hours have been spent reading, playing games, watching good movies, listening to music. Sinatra and Manilow can always make me smile. I love making plans for a trip and taking a trip or just a short ride with the family. I love to eat at a great restaurant with family or friends. I’ve had a lot of happy hours doing these things, and I’ve yet to count the happy hours spent playing with the kids and watching and helping them grow up. I should also count the date nights with Larry every week for years and even now as often as possible. Yes, happy, happy hours. These are just a few of the things I have done which have blessed me with happy times to think about and be thankful for. They are part of who I am. You have your own happy hours, and every one of them is an important part of your life.

Then let’s take it higher. Have you experienced some rich times with God. Have you been enriched by His Word, heard His Voice, been touched by His Nearness? Seen a miracle or been a partner to a miracle, prayed for others or encouraged others, asked questions and searched for answers, talked late into the night with friends and family about eternal truths? Truly happy hours!

As I step into today, I’m thinking I like the concept of “Happy Hour.”  It truly is five o’clock somewhere, and I’d like to have a Happy Hour every day. I’m going to pick a time and throughout that hour, I’m going to be as thankful as I can possibly be, thanking God for all of his blessings, big and small, for all of the happy hours He has blessed me with throughout my life, counting the ways He enriches my life every day. I’m going to take that hour every day as an hour of gratitude, of thanking God for His abundant blessings in my life. Can I do it every day from now on? Maybe. Can I do it today? Yes, I can. It’s my Happy Hour. It’s 5 o’clock somewhere.

Enjoy your day!

Sharon

It’s a Girl!

Pretty soon now, our little Emmerson will make her debut into the world, daughter of Nicholas and Taylor Jordan, granddaughter of Chris and Kristy Leab and Larry and Sharon Jordan, niece of Rocky and Jay Jordan and Chandler Leab,  great-granddaughter  of. . .well, you get the point. She is one blessed little girl to have a heritage of parents, grandparents, aunt and uncles, great-grandparents and beyond, all who have made Jesus Lord of their lives and who will be praying for her, encouraging, supporting, teaching, and loving her. Here’s a few words I will soon say to her. You can listen in if you like.

“Hey sweetie, you are so beautiful! You are perfect in every way. The first time I laid eyes on you, my heart did a flip. I loved you long before you took your first breath. You have such an amazing future ahead of you. There is so much in you that the world needs. Your precious smile, your wisdom, your gifts and talents, all are going to make the world a better place. The world has been waiting for you to make an appearance. Everyone who knows you will be a better person. You are truly amazing. You are beautiful, smart, kind, wise, and fun, and I love you so much, much more than you can imagine. Whenever you need something, anything at all, please let me know. I will always be here for you and nothing would please me more than to make you smile!”

Don’t you think that one day your Heavenly Father looked at you, as your parents held you for the first time, and said something just like that about you. I am sure he did! And I’m sure if you listen very carefully, you will hear Him say that to you right now. Believe it!