Something I’m very passionate about is Missions work. I have added a new tab to the main menu here to showcase Casa de Alabbanza – a children’s home in Guatemala. Keep reading to find out why Casa de Alabbanza holds my heart.
Guatemala is very dear to my heart. It was where I went on my first missions trip as a nineteen year old, and then a few years later I was asked to come on staff at our local church as missions coordinator – to oversee missions trips and start doing ground work for the Children’s Home that our Apostle, Francis Armstrong, was wanting to open.
We are very blessed to be a part of a church that has a huge vision for missions.
Ages ago… or months ago anyway… I wrote a post about the first chapter of Ecclesiastes. You can read that post here. I have loved reading through Ecclesiastes. I’m only now getting a chance to write more on it.
For this post I’ll focus on this passage:
Ecclesiastes 2:9-11 NASB Then I became great and increased more than all who preceded me in Jerusalem. My wisdom also stood by me.All that my eyes desired I did not refuse them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, for my heart was pleased because of all my labor and this was my reward for all my labor. Thus I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labor which I had exerted, and behold all was vanity and striving after wind and there was no profit under the sun.
Has your house been hit with colds and flus this winter? Ours just got through about two weeks of first colds, then flus.
The house finally feels good again. Laundry is caught up again, or nearly anyway (is it ever really caught up?), real meals are being made again, mommy is actually getting dressed in the morning again, and much coffee is being had, let me tell you.
I think everyone is more grumpy when the house is mid-virus and mommy is exhausted and sick too. I began to rebuke sickness in the name of Jesus’, it was keeping us from the areas we serve in at church, my productivity was depressing, and I pretty much beggedRead More »
From what I can gather, Jabez is not mentioned in the Bible other than 1 Chronicles. “Jabez” is mentioned as a place in chapter 2, and other than that, the man called Jabez is only mentioned in 1 Chronicles 4…
1 Chronicles 4:8-10
Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother named him Jabez and said, “I gave birth to him in pain.” Jabez called out to the God of Israel: “If only You would bless me, extend my border, let Your hand be with me, and keep me from harm, so that I will not cause any pain.” And God granted his request.
I was driving my kids to the park for a playdate this morning and this scripture came to mind.
Now, depending on the version it sometimes says “that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me” (New American Standard Bible) or something to that effect. The version that I’m using today (HCSB) as well as the New King James Version states it this way: that I will not cause any pain. I don’t know about you but I love reading from different versions.
Poor guy. His mom called him pain, he might have been known as a pain, and he just didn’t want to be a pain.
I shared this song recently in a post, I’m sharing it again just because it’s that good. And I can’t get enough of it right now.
This song talks about giving God thanks, talking about His goodness and faithfulness.
It gets me thinking. The truth is we live in a very, very broken world. The closer we get to Christ’s return, the more broken it seems to become. What isn’t broken, the human race seems to break, and what’s already broken, we break further.
Good becomes evil, evil becomes good. Isaiah prophesied of these days.
Isaiah 5:20,21 Amplified Version
Woe (judgment is coming) to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe (judgment is coming) to those who are wise in their own eyes And clever and shrewd in their own sight!
But there is a remnant. There is hope.
Zechariah 8:5-7 Amplified Version And the streets of the city will be filled with boys and girls playing in its streets.’ Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘If it is difficult in the eyes of the remnant of this people in those days [in which this comes to pass], will it also be difficult in My sight?’ declares the Lord of hosts.Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Behold, I am going to save My people from the east country and from the west
We need God, church. To think we can press on in these last days unscathed without Christ is foolishness. We need Jesus moreRead More »
Over the past weekend I had the opportunity to attend a conference where Dr. Caroline Leaf was speaking. She has authored several books including Switch On Your Brain.
Dr. Leaf is scientist, and combines both scripture and science. I haven’t yet read this book (but I plan to), however she taught a bit from this book over the two sessions.
So many things she spoke about were so, so profound. I knew my thoughts were important, but after hearing Dr. Leaf there are many changes I see that I need to make. I always thought it took 21 days to create a new habit, when in fact it actually takes 63 days. Changing your thought life must be incredibly intentional. Get your hands on this book.
It was so powerful, the things she said on how important forgiveness is, to gain knowledge, feeding your body the right things (both to your brain and your body), getting rid of “toxicRead More »
I am SO excited to have a guest writer here at Not Without My Morning Coffee today. This woman is a powerhouse. Remember Proverbs 31:17? It says, “She makes her arms strong”. I wouldn’t want to get in a fight with this girl, she’d take me down. Thankfully that’s unlikely to happen, because she has a heart of gold, and more importantly a heart for worshipping her Lord and Saviour… a big way she does this is through fitness. Curious? Take a read!
Fitness and Worship
My name is Courtney Jarus – I am a Revelation Wellness Fitness Instructor and Weigh Less to Feed More Facilitator. I have such a passion for health and fitness, however, like many others I have struggled with body image and insecurities most of my life. In 2014, my husband and I completed P90X3 [90 day Beachbody program]. That’s when I realized the connection of physical fitness and spiritual worship. During my workouts I found that when I shifted my focus of exercise from myself to moving for God, it became a powerful act of praise and worship!
CHALLENGE – Next time you go to the gym or do your at-home workoutRead More »
Proverbs 31 Verse 30 Amplified Version Give her of the product of her hands, And let her own works praise her in the gates [of the city].
Other Reading: Matthew 7:16-23, James 4, James 2:14-26
Do the other reading before you go further, for sure Matthew 7:16-23, but if you have time read them all. If you don’t have a Bible, go to BibleGateway.com and plug the references into the search bar.
Matthew 7 verse 16 says “You will know them by their fruit”. So, I ask you, what does your fruit say about you?
Sure, we aren’t perfect. But some of the mistakes we made as new believers we shouldn’t be making anymore 20 years into our salvation. We may still slip up, but we should put safe guards in our lives to keep us from sin.
I absolutely love it when I see someone get saved, and are radically saved, everything about their life is affected. What they watch, listen to, how they dress, their countenance, how they spend their time and money. How they want to read the Bible cover to cover and soak up everything God has for them.
Others come more slowly, needing the Holy Spirit to slowly reveal one thing at a time.
Proverbs 31 Verse 30 Amplified Version Charm and grace are deceptive, and [superficial] beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the Lord [reverently worshiping, obeying, serving, and trusting Him with awe-filled respect], she shall be praised.
Other reading: Revelation 20:11-15; Ecclesiastes 1:1-11; Luke 13:24-30
Picture your twenty-year-old self.
Now picture your someday one hundred and twenty year old self (I picked this number since it seemed pretty safe…)
Do you look the same? Does your skin still look youthful? Are there wrinkles?
Maybe you have scars, whether emotional or physical that show. Maybe skin damage. Or maybe you used Mary Kay your whole life and your skin looks amazing (a little plug there for you mom!).