Saturday, November 20, 2010

ABBA FATHER


It is so amazing that words written so long ago are totally full of same meaning as when they were written. This is an old, old hymn, one I never knew, but the words are as familiar to my heart as ever. Singing of His marvelous grace and mercy that He would love so much to save even me. And He would clothe me in splendor and seat me at His banquet table to dine wtih him. And then I will be singing praises to Him for eternity. God bless you as you read these words that never lose their power.

ABBA, FATHER! WE APPROACH THEE




“Abba, Father!” We approach Thee



In our Savior’s precious Name;


We, Thy children, here assembled,


Now Thy promised blessing claim;


From our sins His blood hath washed us,


’Tis through Him our souls draw nigh,


And Thy Spirit, too, hath taught us,


“Abba, Father,” thus to cry.






Once as prodigals we wandered


In our folly far from Thee,


But Thy grace, o’er sin abounding,


Rescued us from misery;


Thou Thy prodigals hast pardoned,


Kissed us with a Father’s love,


Spread the festive board, and called us,


E’er to dwell with Thee above.






Clothed in garments of salvation,


At Thy table is our place,


We rejoice, and Thou rejoicest,


In the riches of Thy grace;


“It is meet,” we hear Thee saying,


“We should merry and be glad,


I have found My once lost children,


Now they live who once were dead.”






“Abba, Father!” all adore Thee,


All rejoice in Heav’n above,


While in us they learn the wonders


Of Thy wisdom, grace, and love;


Soon before Thy throne assembled,


All Thy children shall proclaim,


“Glory, everlasting glory,


Be to God and to the Lamb!”


                     James G. Deck 1841

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Noah's Ark Baby Afghan


Among other things I have been an avid crocheter for 35 years. This is one of my latest projects. It is a single crochet baby afghan with the Noah's Ark theme. It was fun doing this afghan for my little granson who was born on July 3rd this year.

My biggest challenge with crocheting is that I am left handed. It took me forever to learn to even chain. All my "teachers" were right handed and the directions are all for right handed people. I finally had my sister-in-law sit across from me and I just mirrored what she did. I caught on almost instantly and I just took off from there. While all you right handers are crocheting from right to left, I'm going from left to right. It all works out in the end.

My next project after I finish 5 tie blankets, is crocheting a rug from old T-shirts. If you want to know how to do that here is the web site to show you how.  http://www.craftstylish.com/item/39345/how-to-crochet-a-rug-out-of-t-shirts

After working 11-12 hours a day at my clinic, this is a great way to relax and still be productive. I'd love to connect with blogs of others who have some crafty ideas. God bless you all,




Joyful Parenting

  My niece, Tara McClanahan, has a web site dedicated to Christian Parenting. Here is a great article she wrote concerning ridding your home of toxic negativity and filling it with the joy of the Lord.
 
http://www.aholyexperience.com/2010/11/10-point-manifesto-of-joyful-parenting-free-printable/

You can visit Tara's site at: http://taramcclenahan.com/

Saturday, November 6, 2010

STANDING ON THE PROMISES



"He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit." Galatians 3:14

"The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off--for all whom the Lord our God will call." Acts 2:39

"The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient wtih you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." 2 Peter 3:9

"Being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised." Romans 4:21

"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful." Hebrews 10:23

"Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires." 2 Peter 1:4

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

IRREVERENCE? NO QUESTION


Recently I came across an announcement by a pastor of a very large church stating, "Everybody come out to the service Sunday night, we're going to be dunking people." As I read it, I thought perhaps the church was having some sort of carnival or harvest celebration and they were going to have the tank where a person throws balls to hit the target and the person is dropped into the tank of water. To my utter shock, this pastor was referring to a baptism service. There was a note to this pastor from a lady in his church which said, "Hey pastor, thanks for dunking XXXXX Sunday night."

Some might say that I'm being old fashioned, not staying with the times, or making a big deal out of nothing. However, I will openly admit that I was offended by this flippant reference to a holy sacrement that warrants total respect and the utmost of humility and reverence. Furthermore, this church has an attendence of several thousand people who are being influenced by this kind of irreverence.

I understand that the words "dunk" and "immerse" are quite similar in meaning.

DUNK: (slang)
–verb (used with object)



1. to dip (a doughnut, cake, etc.) into coffee, milk, or the like, before eating.


2. to submerge in a liquid: She dunked the curtains in the dye.


3. Basketball . to attempt to thrust (a ball) through the basket using a dunk shot.

Synonyms:



saturate


submerge


immerse


duck


soak




IMMERSE:
–verb (used with object), -mersed, -mers·ing.



1. to plunge into or place under a liquid; dip; sink.


2. to involve deeply; absorb: She is totally immersed in her law practice.


3. to baptize by immersion.


4. to embed; bury.

Synonyms:



saturate


interest


engross


involve


plunge


absorb


engage


"Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the gloryof the Father, we too may live a new life." Romans 6:3,4 (NIV)
 
I don't believe I am being rigid here. I believe that the world changes and people change and attitudes change, but the things of God, His Word and His commands to us remain the same and as Christians our attitude and approach to the things of God also remain the same as the Lord Jesus Christ's attitude and approach.
 
AM I BEING OLD FASHIONED OR WAS THIS PASTOR BEING IRREVERENT? I'd really like to hear from you all and how you see this issue. God bless, Dr. Bobbi

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

THE SHRINK'S HEART

I sit here on a beautiful, autumm, Sunday morning. I should have been just getting home from church, but I didn't go this morning. I did take Indivi for a short walk down the street and I worshipped the Lord and put my burden into His hands. I know He will take care of it. There is no thing in this world that can take care of it. Only Him. And He is able. Now I can go on with the day in joy and peace. But there is still a lingering sadness, a bit of depression, the urge to cry. I'm not sure if it is for myself or if it is for the one who is bound in miserable hatred and bitterness. It is hard to watch someone slowly dying inside from such a horrible bondage. It is hard to live with someone with this horrible bondage. So maybe it's a bit for both of us that I feel this sadness. I will place this sadness in His hands as well. He will take of that too. I will put all of these things that try to rob me my joy into His hands. And I will have a God filled day, a day of peace and praise, because the Lord is working on my behalf and is taking care of everything.

"Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God that transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6,7

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Sunday, October 3, 2010

CREATION

I took a 6 minute trip this afternoon. It was the most inspiring trip I've ever taken. I want to share it with you if you will take 6 minutes of your time to spend on a truly amazing and inspirational journey. God is awesome.

http://www.andiesisle.com/creation/magnificent.html


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Friday, September 17, 2010

WHERE IS THAT SINGING COMING FROM?

by Tara McClenahan

Last week I was getting Little Man ready for bed and putting on his jammies. He hadn’t had a nap that day (something we are struggling with since taking away the pacifier) so he was grumpy and fighting me and I was quickly losing my patience! Then a thought popped into my head: “I can sing to him!”


I’ve sung to Little Man since he was in the womb! I love to sing and was on my church’s praise team for almost six years including while I was pregnant. I made up a song when he was a newborn and would sing it to him every night as I was “loving him down” to sleep. The song is what he calls “Bye-o Bye-o Baby” (and he requests it OFTEN!).


I started singing this song in a soft voice to my uncooperative toddler and it had an almost instantaneous effect! He immediately stopped squirming around, visibly relaxed every muscle in his body and his eyes became droopy. WOW! I should find a way to bottle this!


It did get me to thinking about this verse in Zephaniah 3:17:


“The Lord your God is with you,
He is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”


I was blown away – God sings over me! Can you picture that? Even when we are fighting and grumpy and uncooperative, He shows His love and sings over us! And when we stop long enough to listen, we too will relax and allow Him to do the work He wants to do in us.


Are you out of sorts? Fighting against something? Distracted? Too busy? Overwhelmed?


Listen….God is singing over you!




Tara McClenahan is a devoted mom to a two-year-old “little man” and enjoys discovering how God has “packed his suitcase”. As an associate with iBloom, she has a heart for inspiring, encouraging and equipping moms to become “Proverbs 31 mamas” and raise their children according to Biblical principles and guidelines using the Bible and other tools. Tara adores falling leaves, sweatshirts, Starbucks White Chocolate Mochas and the first curly BBQ chip from the bag! Make sure to visit Tara’s website to download your free Christian mom resource!

See more great Christian articles and information at heartofthematteronline.com

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

THE VOICE OF THE SPIRIT




"But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things, and will remind you of everything I have said to you." John 14:26 (NIV)

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

SPIRITUAL SUNDAYS


There's just something about the old hymns that reach down into the center of the soul and spirit. The Old Rugged Cross was my Mom's favorite hymn. I would guess that of her as she was a very humble and deeply spiritual woman. The words to this song are rich with praise and worship to the sacrifice Jesus Christ made for us and our acceptance of that sacrifice. Let's open our hearts to true worship and we read and listen to this great hymn. God bless, Bobbi


THE OLD RUGGED CROSS


On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suffering and shame;
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.


Refrain


So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.


O that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary.


Refrain


In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see,
For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
To pardon and sanctify me.


Refrain


To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;
Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then He’ll call me some day to my home far away,
Where His glory forever I’ll share.


Refrain




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Saturday, August 28, 2010

SPIRITUAL SUNDAYS



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Friday, August 27, 2010

NO MORE CAFFEINE


Some years ago, I had switched from being a 5 cup a morning coffee drinker to a 2 cup green tea drinker. For whatever reason, over the last 3 years or so I have gone back to the coffee, only about 3 cups a morning.

However, my body is not handling the caffeine like it used to do. I have been praying and asking the Lord to show me ways to reduce my stress. I've been looking with blinders at my time schedule only. Yes, there is still some work to be done there. But the Lord is showing me clearly that the caffeine is directly affecting my nervous system and creating anxiety.

Therefore, this was my last day for coffee as I know it. Both my husband and I will be making a pot of green mint tea every morning. We don't drink soda pop anyway, so that won't be another change we have to make. We do drink water throughout the day.

I want to give thanks and praise to the Lord for answering my prayer and for allowing me to look with openness instead of insisting on my blinders, that He is showing me how to get the stress out of my life and that the stress comes from many sources. I'm looking forward to feeling better with this change of habit, after the headaches from the withdrawal go away. The word "withdrawal" should be a clue that caffeine is not good for me.

"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD



The Lord Is My Shepherd,

I shall not want.

He maketh me lie down in green pastures.

He leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul.

He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil.

For Thou art with me,

Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies.

Thou anointest my head with oil.

My cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.

And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

-Psalm 23 (KJV)

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Friday, August 13, 2010

PRAISE TO OUR GOD


Shout with joy to God, all the earth!
Sing the glory of his name;
Make his praise glorious!
Say to God, "How awesome are your deeds!
So great is your power
That your enemies cringe before you;
All the earth bows down to you;
They sing praise to you,
they sing praise to your name."
                                 Psalm 66:1-4


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Friday, August 6, 2010

WORSHIP

Just take a couple of minutes to worship the Lord. He took
the time to die for us.






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Blessings, Dr. Bobbi

Saturday, July 31, 2010

BE GLORIFIED



How blessed we are to be able to freely worship
our Lord and Saviour! Visit Spiritual Sundays to
find worship and blessings that will lift your spirit
into the hands of the Lord. God bless you as you
worship Him.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

DEFENSES


Survival is the most basic instinct of all living things. Of course humans have some very sophisticated ways of ensuring their suvival. For the most part, when we think of survival, we think of self defense. When I think of self defense I think of some type of martial arts, weapons, and pepper spray.

But, there are many other types of self defense we as humans use to protect our fragile inner selves rather than our physical bodies. These defenses kick in gear when we feel threatened, wronged, put on the spot, angered, or emotionally challenged.

I am planning to go into a bit more depth about these different defenses beginning this weekend on my blog PSYCHOBABBLE, but right now I need to talk a bit about how I got into this state of fatigue that has about brought me to a virtual stand still.

First of all, as a Christian, my first line of defense is to hide in the shelter of the Most High, place my whole being in the Hands of the Lord, trust in the Lord with all my heart. It's pretty apparent I failed to do this as I should have and I feel somewhat hippocritical that I haven't practiced totally what I preach (I am not a preacher, that is a figure of speech).

I believe I relied and trusted in the Lord to a degree, but I have to confess I took the driver's seat enough of the time that I got myself in mental and physical trouble.

Rather than fully trusting in the Lord and being open to the leading of the Holy Spirit, and that includes the Lord speaking to me through precious friends, I used what we Psychologists call Rationalization and Humor to ignore what was happening to me and to be able to keep going down an unhealthy path.

Rationalizing: I found ways in my mind to feel confident and comfortable that what I was doing was God's will. I was writing two books which I feel would be very important help to struggling Christians. Wouldn't the Lord want this kind of writing out there to help His children? Didn't He give me the ability to write and communicate about Him? So not only did I write on the books, I did hours and hours of research on how to prepare and submit a manuscript for publication.

I collaborated with a dear friend in writing short  Christian children's stories that took time to edit and get correctly formatted.

I maintained 4 blogs, one of which I deleted, so I kept up with 3 blogs that included visiting my followers, followers of followers, and those who commented on my blogs.

I create and send out the daily devotional, Daily Grace, by email to several hundred people each day. It takes me hours to prepare these each week and I've done this for over 2 years now.

I am working on a 60 credit hour certification through the American Association of Christian Counselors to become a certified Professional Christian Counselor.

I have a full time career as a Clinical Psychologist. I work 4 days a week and about 11 hours each of those days.

Top all that with 10 grandchildren, going to the lake on weekends in the summer, having a disabled husband, and chronic neck pain.

I digress. All these things I have convinced myself by carefully directing my thoughts to the place where I believed the Lord was having me do all these things. In and of themselves they are all very noble and even Godly. But God doesn't pile so many things on a person and sit back to watch them collapse under the load. I failed to listen to the Lord about what I should be doing and took these things on out of my own desires and interests and in my own time. I do believe the Lord has given me these things to do, but I don't believe He meant for me to dive into all of them at once. I got ahead of Him.

After my mind and body went on strike several weeks ago and my doctor threatened to put me in the hospital if I didn't stop everything and rest, I was able to hear the Lord patiently and lovingly still speaking to me. Bobbi, you have been given these gifts to use for Me, in My way, in My time, not yours. Wait on Me, Trust Me, Stop making excuses that these things must be done now.

So I have confessed this to the Lord and I am resting, spending much time with the Lord and my family. I will wait for His direction. Right now, Daily Grace continues. I am going to the clinic working my regular hours. Everything else I do is with conscious awareness of God's leading and relying on the Holy Spirit as my first line of defense. I have traded rationalism for faith. A lesson I've taught for years, but had to "relearn" the hard way. God is faithful. He loves me so much that He takes the time to discipline and correct me. Thank you Lord.


Thursday, July 22, 2010

UDATE

I've been kind of scarce here the last several weeks. I just wanted to give an update on what's going on with me.

I have been doing as my Primary Care Physician has ordered by putting all my "extracurricular activities" on the back burner. She diagnosed me with mental and physical exhaustion the week prior to the 4th of July.

At that time I was unable to do much more than get out of bed and make it to my chair in the family room. I am now going to work every day, which is Mon - Thurs from 8 am to 7 pm. Mentally, I'm guarding myself against any unnecessary stress and seem to be handling things much better. Physically, I have more energy but realize I'm still very much "exhausted."

I'm now battling a rash, my RN daughter-in-law tells me it's psoriasis, on the back of my neck and up in my hair. This is the 5th time I've had this "rash." It presents itself after a stressful time. It follows the exact same pattern each time. The only thing it responds to is Benedryl. That stops the itching. It just has to take its' course.

I miss visiting all your blogs, learning and commenting. I do keep up with Daily Grace and join in with Spiritual Sundays. I appreciate all of you who continue to visit and take the time to comment. It means more to me than you know.

I will be back to some kind of normal before long. Until then, know that I visit you from time to time and pray for all of you. Keep blogging. I'll catch up with y'all real soon.

Bobbi

Saturday, July 17, 2010

SPIRITUAL SUNDAYS

There is no greater way to worship with my friends on Spiritual Sundays than to praise the Lord!
This short video will inspire and take you into His presence. God bless, Dr. Bobbi

HE'S MY KING
http://www.ignitermedia.com/products/iv/singles/4/Thats-My-King

Monday, July 5, 2010

GRANDSON IS HERE!!!

Evan Thomas Wooley
Arrived Friday, July 3, 2010 @ 2:30 pm
Weight 7 lbs 4 oz
Height 20 1/2 inches
5 weeks premature (due date Aug 5th)
Mommy had gestational diabetes so he was big.
Born sunny side up so his nose was broken.
Evan is already home. I'm on my way over with
the home made cradle Grandpa made for him.

This is a happy Grandma! I'm supposed to be at complete bed rest, but how can anything be more important than this. God is so good!

Thank you all for your prayers for me. God is working! I am doing better. God bless, Dr. Bobbi

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

I'M STILL HERE


I haven't been on blogger very much in the last couple of weeks. I have slowly been winding down into a state of exhaustion. I have not been to work for the past few days. I will be seeing my doctor this morning to find out what's going on. If you can think of a symptoms, physical or mental, I have it, except no fever, no water rentions and no chest pains. My gut tells me I have been driving myself beyond my limits and everything is going on strike.
The little lady in this picture is running circles around me in that picture. If that gives you any indication of where I am. 

Please don't abandon me, I am just incapacitated at the moment. I covet your prayers because I know God and what He can do. I know that the prayers of His people accomplish much. I have been able to keep Daily Grace current. I praise the Lord for that.

Love you all and hope to be up and running soon.

Dr. Bobbi

Friday, June 18, 2010

TRUE WORSHIP

Do we seek to worship the Lord or do we seek the Lord for a blessing? I find at times that I read the different worship posts and am so blessed by them. Rather than reading with a spirit of worship, I read with a spirit of "did that bless me or not?" I am determined to spend time reading the worship posts with a spirit of true worship with an open heart that draws me closer to Him and allows His blessings to flow through me to others, not just stop with me so I can go away blessed.

I had no idea what I was going to write when I opened this New Post page, but I knew it was for Weekend of Worship and Spiritual Sundays. That's what came out of my heart. Here is an Oswald Chambers devotion that speaks of this very thing. I just happened onto it a few minutes ago. God bless you all, Bobbi

WORSHIP GOD WITH THE BEST

Worship is giving God the best that He has given you. Be careful
what you do with the best you have. Whenever you get a blessing
from God, give it back to Him as a love gift. Take time to meditate
before God and offer the blessing back to Him in a deliberate act
of worship. If you hoard a thing of blessing for yourself, it will
turn into spiritual dry rot, as the manna did when it was hoarded
[Exodus 16]. God will never let you hold a spiritual thing for
yourself, it has to be given back to Him that he may make it a
blessing to others.

- Oswald Chambers, MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST, Barbour &
Company (http://www.barbourbooks.com/). Selected mostly from talks
given during the years 1911-1915, these devotionals were first
published in 1935 by Dodd, Mead & Co., renewed in 1963 by
Oswald Chambers Publication Association, Ltd.

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

MAKING THE WORD MY OWN





When we read the Word of God, it is relevant to each of us in our personal lives and our personal relationship to Jesus Christ. Sometimes as we read, we fail to make the words our own and instead we understand the passages as general to all mankind or all Christians. While the Word is meant for all, God desires us to identify with His Word and make it our own. The following passage from Ephesians describes our condition before we were saved and the result of our salvation through faith. Read the passage from the Word here. If you prefer another translation, feel free to get your Bible and read it from there. After reading this passage, we will personalize it and make it our own.

Ephesians 2:1-10 (ESV)

1. "And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2. in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience--3. among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4. But God being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5. even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ--by grace you have been saved--6. and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7. so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9. not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." 

To personalize this passage, replace "you" with "I", "me", or "my". As you do this, notice what you are reading, the words. Allow the Lord to speak to you. As you read, you can freely worship and know that the marvelous grace and mercy of God is meant for YOU. I will personalize the passage so you can experience personally what God has done. 

Ephesians 2:1-10 (ESV)


1. "And I was dead in the trespasses and sins 2. in which I once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience--3. among whom I once lived in the passions of my flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and was by nature a child of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4. But God being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved me, 5. even when I was dead in my trespasses, made me alive together with Christ--by grace I have been saved--6. and raised me up with him and seated me with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7. so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward me in Christ Jesus. 8. For by grace I have been saved through faith. And this is not my own doing; it is the gift of God, 9. not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10. For I am his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that I should walk in them."

What an awesome gift of love and grace my God showed to ME!


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

THE VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD


Being a part of Blogger world is an awesome experience. I am meeting some wonderful people and some precious brothers and sisters in Christ. I write my 3 blogs because God moves me to do so. It is by His grace and mercy that I live and breathe.


One of my brother's in Christ, Stan Butler @ According To The Book honored me by awarding me and 14 others out of his 700+ followers with The Versatile Blogger award. Thank you, Stan, and God bless you richly. Now it's my turn to share this award with 15 of my followers who follow one or more of my three blogs: Inside the Shrink, Daily Grace, and Psychobabble. This is not going to be easy. I value each and every one of my followers and readers.


The rules for this award are that when you receive this award, you must share seven things about yourself and then pass it on to fifteen blog's (that's a lot) you've recently discovered you enjoy! So here goes the seven things about myself:


1) God Almighty is 1st in my life. I am a born again, Spirit filled Christian and have been since July 1975. My desire is to share the Gospel with all I meet and to have them know Him as their Saviour.


2) I treasure my family: My husband of 24 years, my 2 sons and their wives, my 3 step-children and their spouses, my 9 step-grandchildren, my soon to arrive grandson (August 5th), and my 2 great-step-granchildren.


3) I am a Missouri licensed Clinical Psychologist and practice as a Christian Psychologist. God called me to this work at the age of 15. Every day is like having church in my office. Praise God.


4) I am an aspiring and inspired writer. I have 4 WIPS (works in progress). 1. A one-year devotional of Daily Grace  2 & 3: Christian non-fiction "How To Overcome Adveristy" and "Walking In the Aftermath of Reaping What Should Have Never Been Sown." 4. Christian stories for children that I co-author with my precious friend.

5) I crave and cling to the Word of God. I study and read the Bible every day. My prayer life is a consant ongoing conversation with the Lord.


6) I am in love with my 4 year old little female ShihTzu, Indivi (short for individual). I love every dog. I am a dog lover. I understand dogs. They like me. That's just the way it is.


7) I love getting out on the lake in our boat during the warm months. I love writing and reading. I have crocheted for over 30 years now. (I had to teach myself because I'm left handed.) I enjoy music and singing. I am 5'10" tall and have natural curly blonde hair (ok, I get it hightlighted). I am so blessed. God is so awesome!




Here are the fifteen blog's that I nominate for this award!
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1.   Patty Ann        http://pttyann.wordpress.com/

2.   Alleluiabelle    http://alleluiabelle.blogspot.com/

3.   Triumphant Victorious Reminders    http://triumphantvictoriousreminders.blogspot.com/

4.   DeanO     http://doubletakecreations.blogspot.com/

5.   Steve     http://rejoicinginhishope.blogspot.com/

6.   Velvet Over Steel     http://velvetoversteel.blogspot.com/

7.   RCUBES     http://offthebeatentrek.blogspot.com/

8.  Doris Plaster    http://doris-socialworker.blogspot.com/

9.  Jack Foster     http://mrbiblehead.blogspot.com/

10. Lynda Young    http://lyndayoung.blogspot.com/

11. Steve Hawley      http://stevehawley.blogspot.com/

12. Deb    http://dtrant.blogspot.com/

13. Elaine Jany Barbanti     http://jesuscristoemminhavida.blogspot.com/

14. Grandma L     http://petpeevesandotherrantings.blogspot.com/

15. Roland D. Yeomans     http://rolandyeomans.blogspot.com/

Saturday, June 5, 2010

IN THE GARDEN





I have been in church where the worship is contemporary. I find it very uplifting and condusive to worship. I enjoy the music worship times so very much. But there is that part of me that yearns to return the days when we sang the great hymns of the church. One of my very favorites, which there are many, is In The Garden. I thought it would be good to share this God breathed hymn with my brothers and sisters in Christ. I pray that you will make a trip as you watch and listen, back to the garden where only you and the Lord visit. God bless.



Lyrics | Brad Paisley lyrics - In The Garden lyrics


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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

QUIET PLEASE

For the past several months I have become so aware of the amount of stress that noise creates for me. It seems there is seldom a time or place that is free of noise. White noise can even create stress. I've tried to make some changes to reduce the amount of stress I experience and I believe it has had a positive effect. There are some noises over which I have no control, but for the ones I do, I have deleted them from my daily life. Some of those noises I have eliminated are:


1. I do not turn on my car stereo when I drive.

2. I turn off the vent fan as soon as I step out of the shower.

3. I mute the TV when no one else is in the room watching it.

4. I keep the sound turned off on my computer.

There are several more I just can't think of them at the moment. But each of these makes a difference in my level of stress.

I especially enjoy getting up early in the morning before my husband and dog are up. The quiet is very calming and peaceful. I enjoy going to bed at night when it's dark and quiet.



A Quiet Place.....


Went for a walk along a dirt road,

kicking pebbles as I went along.

After a while I could see in the distance,

trees surrounding a lake peaceful and strong.




Continued walking closer to the lake,

looking around for a quiet place.

Too many problems, nerves on edge,

slow down, relax, unwind, not race.




A spot to sit under a willow tree,

lean back, relax enjoy the day.

A gentle breeze passing overhead,

lost, but will I find my way?




Opaque clouds all sizes and shapes

slowly, silently floating above.

If I open my eyes what will I see,

a horseshoe, seashell, maybe a dove.




Slapping bouncing rocks in its way,

sound of water not moving fast.

Air smells so clean, pure, untouched,

a pebble over the water I cast.




Lean over to see all the wet stones,

reach in, feels cool, refreshing to touch.

Opening my eyes, must have been a dream,

surely I did not sleep too much.



Written by:

Karen Palumbo



Here are some scriptures that speak of quietness and that give me peace: (ESV)

"He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside STILL waters." Psalm 23:2

"The Lord your God is in your midst, a might one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will QUIET you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing." Zephaniah 3:17

"First of all, the, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and QUIET life, godly and dignified in every way." 1 Timothy 2:1,2

"But let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and QUIET spirit, which in God's sight is very precious." 1 Peter 3:4

"For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, 'In returning and rest you shall be saved; in QUIETNESS and in trust shall be your strength." Isaiah 30:15

"And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, QUIETNESS and trust forever." Isaiah 32:17


When you stop to think about it, the world is a very noisy place. Some people really like the hubbub and the action with sound. Are you one of those? Or are you like me, preferring quiet times? We all experience both and maybe prefer one or the other at different times, but overall, most of us lean toward one or the other. Which way do you lean: toward the noisy life or toward the quiet times and places?