Committing your actions to God: and how simple and difficult it can be!

 

I want to start off by saying to all those who attended my Bible Study last week that I am so sorry that I am just now posting the notes. I don’t even have an excuse, I completely forgot.

What does it mean to commit?

The dictionary says:

“to carry out or penetrate”

or

” to pledge or bind to a certain course or policy”

 

When we become born again, this is the time that we pledge ourselves to a certain course and policy. That being of course God’s plan and policy. But how do we stay on this course? The first thing that we have to understand before we commit our actions is to understand how they work.

 

This is the cognitive triangle. It is used to explain how actions, feelings, and thoughts are not only intertwined but are ultimately the cause of each other. This triangle is what guides most of our actions and choices. So how do we apply our faith in this triangle?

Simply Step 1: Allow your actions oomto be guided by the Holy Spirit.

So how do we apply step 1? We begin to all our thoughts to be guided by the Holy Spirit. How do we do that:

  • Live according to Scripture
  • Prayer

But what about the gray areas of our lives? Well there are some very basic questions we can ask ourselves to help us evaluate the consequences of our thoughts.

Is it healthy?

Does it benefit myself or others (and in what way)?

How does this affect my relationship with God?

Does this align with my faith?

God actually already has a policy on how we can do this efficiently.

Ephesians 4:23 “Instead let the spirits renew your thoughts and attitudes”

So basically God’s policy is committing your thoughts is allowing the Holy Spirit and your relationship with God to be considered in all things.

By putting God at the center of your cognitive triangle you allow yourself  to commit at a rate that is perfect for the stage of faith you are at!

Asian Beef Stew

 

So this is one of my easiest recipes. I will say it does contain canned veggies, however this is to keep the meal under $14 for 8 people. I love Crockpot meals especially when my husband works night shift. He can eat early and I can still have dinner at a normal time. However this is good and I usually end up eating it when he does.  It is super simple, I hope you enjoy!

Asian Beef Stew

1 Pound of  stew beef or ground beef

2 Cups of beef broth

2 Tablespoons of Worcheshier Sauce

¼ cup of Teriyaki sauce

½ cup of your favorite Asian flavor BBQ sauce

3 Tablespoons of Sesame seed oil

1 can of baby corn

1 can of peas and carrots

1 can of water chestnuts

1 onion

3 cloves of garlic

2 table spoons of Adbo

4 Table spoons of Sesame seeds

The Proverbs 31 Woman and Basic Money Management

 

I don’t know about anyone else but money problems definitely keep me up at night. And I am glad to know that even the “Proverbs 31” woman is up late at night trying to make sure that there’s enough and that our families are going to be taken care of. However, this is not a gendered based thing is it? Everyone is up late at night worrying about money. No matter how rich or poor they may seem.

Either way the easiest way I have found to manage my money is to just schedule it week by week. I know like us most of you live week to week. If you begin managing your money week to week, you will begin to worry less because you’ll know what you have. You’ll also realize, that you have more money than you thought. Seriously because of payment scheduling, we were able to afford a much needed new car. The hardest part is sticking to it to be honest.
Below is a printable version for you all to use until you get the hang of it. You can add this to you home management binder, which always seems to be getting bigger.

 

Monthly Payment Schedule

 

Month of:

The Goal of the Payment schedule:

  1. Communicate your weekly and monthly finances with your partner.
  2. For you to see how much money is left over at the end of the week.
  3. For you and your spouse to incorporate prayer into your finances.
  4. And finally for you to take control of your money and see where you can set realistic goals.

 

Example of a month with one income (only take home goes into the schedule.):

 

Date of Check Check Amt Bills Amount Due Due Date Date Paid Balance
10/4/17 $1000 Bills to be paid on this check What’s left at the end of bill payment for that week.
10/11/17 $1000
10/17/17 $1000
10/24/17 $1000

 

Week one:

Check Amt bill amount due due date date paid balance

 

Week 2

bill amount due due date date paid balance

Week 3

bill amount due due date date paid balance

Week 4

bill amount due due date date paid balance

 

week 5

bill amount due due date date paid balance

 

Chicken Soup As Preventive Medicine

 

So here is an old family recipe that I wanted to share with everyone. I come from a long line of women who are into holistic health and preventive and natural medicine; so basically what that means is everything in here actually is helping you prevent colds and fight the flu! Which is something I know we all want to prevent.

Medicinal Chicken Soup

2/3 Cartons of chicken stock

2/3 Cartons of chicken broth

1 Cornish game hen

Echinacea

Garlic

Basil

Rosemary

Marjoram

Sage

Turmeric

1 Onion

3 Stalks of celery

Egg noodles

Remember to boil spice in broth first its the broth that is the medicine. After you let it sit over night season according to your family’s taste. Also because “my grandma said so” so not enough to say that these ingredients are medicinal, so please see the  link below.

The Online Herb Encyclopedia is my favorite!

 

I want us to all remember Luke 5:31 “And Jesus said Healthy people do not need a doctor sick people do”. Preventing yourself from getting sick is and will always being a problem for humanity according to Genesis. I want to pray and make sure I can have everyone pray for those for are hungry, because I know many of us have FELT that hunger and there are people out in this world still living that way today. I also want all of us who have escaped or never felt this struggle to praise him!!!!!

Remember it is easier than we think sometimes to live out scripture:
John 4:34 “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God who sent me”

When we care for our families, donate to food banks, pray for the hungry, or even buy a burger for a homeless person, we are nourishing our souls because we are doing the work of God.

The State of Error

Have you ever felt helplessness and hopelessness because of your past mistakes? I think that if you answered no to this question you are lying to yourself.  You see we all go through periods of ups and downs in our lives. Sometimes it’s the enemy, and no I do not mean that you are not accountable to your actions because the devil made you do it. When I say the enemy I think of those thing in life that are beyond your control and the temptation to make bad choices based on these events is the way the spirit of the enemy is most active in our lives. Other times we may be faced with an obstacle that we can even understand how God could use this particular tragedy to lift us up.  Lastly there are things in our lives that are our fault. Yes there is going to be some self accountability here! Consequences both good and bad influence our next choice and our choices influence the consequences and it becomes this never ending circle of error.

 

But what is error? How do we overcome? I know that for some error automatically means failure, however this is actually not the case. According the Mrs. Webster:

Error: a mistake, miscalculation, blunder, or oversight.

Or

Error: The state or condition of being in the wrong or judgment

 

I guess that is where we get the feeling of failure isn’t it? It has to be, until I looked that up I didn’t even know that error was a state of being. The state of error can be a good thing:

  1. It can bring us closer to God and strengthen our faith
  2. Lead us and teach us to make better choices
  3. Help us teach and prevent others from making those choices
  4. Preventing others from a feeling of judgment.

 

Or

  1. It can leave us stagnant
  2. Prevent us from every trying a task or activity again
  3. Have in a state of self doubt and pity
  4. Prevent us from helping others in this situation.

I am going to leave it for you to decide what is the enemy and what is God working in your life. Perspective is the key here.  You have to not only allow yourself to see your error and allow yourself to be forgiven.

 

But how does our faith actually play into all of this?

Faith allows us to dream beyond a bleak reality while still being able to accept our circumstance.  Faith allows your state of error to become a state of triumph or repentance.

Our state of error strengthens our faith because no matter the state of our error we are forgiven.  After all we are human and we are not perfect no matter how Christ like we may become. 2 Peter 1:9 “But those who fail to develop in this way are short short sighted or blind and forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins” This is an example of living in a state of error and how we allow something so amazing as God’s forgiveness to become a sin.  We have to forgive ourselves. God has already forgiven us. Accepting God’s love and forgiveness  no matter what the error is the first step to learning or overcoming your mistakes, blunders, or feelings judgment.

 

 

Time Management Is Reality Management!

 

In Latin you would say “Ordo ab chao” = “order to chaos”; and most of us struggle with trying to make this a reality.

Father Mike Schmitz makes a very good point about this and I would like to share it with all of you before we continue.

 

I don’t know about you but when the discussion of time management came up before I was sick, I would procrastinate. Now because time management is key to being able to live a full life with my illness, I don’t have that luxury. Unfortunately, it usually leaves me feeling like this:

 

So as far as practical ways to help me manage time I have compiled a list:

  • Binder Systems   help you organize your thoughts and write things down.
  • Cozi App (You and your family can add to shopping lists, calanders, to do lists all for free)
  • Bible Study Apps such as: Laudate, Holy Bible app, and millions others

This is just some of the ways you can help yourself with time management. Remember, its okay if you need extra help from a life coach or maybe a physical therapist. The effort is more important than the circumstance. It is important to make time for God in one way or another and ask him to help you to manage your time; when you surrender your reality to God, you make a great step in your walk with Christ.

Here is some scripture to help you :

Ecclesiastes 3:1 

Sirach 35:26

Ephesians 5:15

John 7:6

Sirach 29:3

1 Thessalonians 5:17 

Normally I would include links however I feel that since I am encouraging Bible Study, I will let you seek so that you shall find what you need.

Creating Your Own Industrial Revolution!

The stress of life can cause anyone to fall behind and, for those of us with chronic illness, we fight this battle daily. I mean that if you work full time, have chronic pain (or maybe your child is chronically ill and, if so, I pray for you and your family), if you have small children (or large ones), pets or a hobby if you’re lucky; you end up falling behind.

Proverbs 31:18 States:

 

We all do different things to benefit our families and sometimes the pay out is not a monetary one (even if it can be also that as well). If you are a stay-at-home wife or mom, you are worth just as much as you would be if you were working. If you collect disability, that’s the insurance for if you did work. If you work full time or part time you are truly blessed; as are all you wonderful business owners and women with side hustles. No matter what kind of woman you are, we all get into a funk that tells us we are not. So I gathered some Scripture to help remind you just how awesome you are and how well you are doing, despite what anyone else says.

I want you to always remember: No matter how dirty your house is, or how angry your husband is, or how bad your kids are acting; YOU’RE DOING GREAT! You see, it is in these times we must ask God to help change our perspective so we can remember how blessed we are! I have put together some scripture to help all of us during these times of grief and self loathing.

Home Making and Chronic Illness: For when you’re not feeling so INDUSTRIOUS!

 

I have to admit, the reason it has taken me this long to write this post is because I had to work out some personal issues before I could share my story with the world.

I wish my pouting was this romantic!

So I guess on that note, I should just stop beating around the bush and say what I need to say. I did not want to write this because I was embarrassed. I felt as though industrious and my name could not even be in the same sentence. So I pouted about it for a few days until the Holy Spirit touched my heart.

I happen to have the opportunity to go through my Home Management Binder, and I did not realize how tracking task could even be this helpful! I realized how much I actually accomplished!

Colossians 1:29 (NLT)

That’s why I work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ’s mighty power that works within me.

When I saw this verse it was like God spoke to me. I realized. I work 35 hours a week, I am on a board, I write this blog (which is my ministry), I teach CCD, I also make attempts to clean our house, make sure we have dinner, food, and that is just the tip of the iceberg!

I want all of my friends out there with Chronic Illness to remember that you are more because you do it with less. I also want you to know that even small accomplishments are big ones. Even if you don’t work! If you work to take of your home or help with your husband job, or even have a side job, or just take care of the kids you’re doing it!

Just because you aren’t perfect doesn’t mean you are not modeling your life after perfection. Honestly once you admit that fat right there, you are stepping in the right direction!

2 Chronicles 15:7 (NLT)

But as for you, be strong and courageous, for your work will be rewarded.”

Grillin with the Gov

 

With all the political turmoil going on in the world right now regardless of what you believe it is important to get involved. Change starts with you the individual not with society.

This past weekend, I was able to attend the 6th annual Gov BBQ, with Gov. Hogan and it really is an honor to hear him speak. His speaking skills portray his down to earth personality  while still articulating his points intelligently.

Posted by Greater Wicomico Republican Women on Saturday, June 24, 2017

 

Gov. Hogan has done so much for the state of Maryland. You can find out what he has done and is doing here.  

Gov. Hogan is also a Catholic and is doing this for the church as well. You can find that info here.

I am also happy to say that not only is he bringing back jobs to the state of Maryland but he is also working on international relations.

Here we are with First Lady Yumi Hogan (First Korean First Lady ) and the Congressman of South Korea representing the Prime Minister.

The crowd was so diverse it was great to see. So many people came, and we all really enjoyed the fellowship. It was nice to see we aren’t the party of old white men anymore!

 

Like I said the party of old white men. If you are interested in getting involved click here. 

Relax Devotional

 

So I am happy to announce that I came in 3rd place for the faithwriters.com writing competition.  I can say that my lack of beta shows and I know now where to improve. I am just so blessed that I can share my relationship with God with all of you!

I know that we all have been struggling lately. You can not turn on the TV or even look at your phone with out seeing the state of the world today. As a Christian it actually hardens my heart to the world. Christ commands us to be an example on how to not live in the world but as my heart hardens; I slip slowly back into the world I was begging God to help me escape. I slip back in to the world because I get angry about the state of things and I sit back and do nothing. I slip back into the world because I let fear over take me and I begin to worry. However I know that walking in faith means giving up worry for trust and faith in Christ. And what a blessing to strive for! To be affirmed enough in faith to be able to relax and trust God when all you want to do is worry. “ In peace I will lie down and sleep for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe” (Psalms 4:8). I remind myself of this daily yet the thoughts inside my head continued to spin until the Holy Spirit said to me “I am with you”. It was the faintest sound, but I know I heard it and in that moment I knew what it meant to relax, to be at peace. Once I realized the he truly was with me slowly my brain and body began to relax. I struggle with anxiety and depression but He is with me and I can relax knowing “I will fear no evil.”