My Goal for Writing this Blog

In December of 2012, I had an idea to start a blog. I had accumulated quite a bit of writng, and I wanted to be able to share with others, and hopefully be of some encouragement. So, I contacted my friend Eden S.,and we talked about the possibilities I could do for a blog. Would it be a specific theme? Would it have giveaways, and reviews, or be more of an encouragement, and exhortation blog?
There were SO many possibilities for what I could do, and so many ideas in my head that I was eager to pursue. But overall, I knew that whatever my blog became, I wanted it to bring glory to God, and encourage other people to do the same. I wanted to start with lessons from my life, and insights from Scripture. I also had a few poems to share, and hoped to include details of our family expereinces. So, I started my blog, and with Eden's help, I came upon a name. Elanee's Endeavors.

Early || The Last Morning

What Would Getting Up Earlier in the Day Help me Accomplish?

Getting up earlier in the day - is that just an idea that will never fully come to pass, or is it something that must be worked at until it is accomlished?
Recently, I've been doing a 30 day Early to Rise challenge by Andy Traub, and I've been noticing how many limiting beliefs I've allowed to come into my mind and belive. I think that there's nothing wrong if I sleep in an extra hour, Nothing wrong if I waste most of the morning sleeping, and somehow I'm going to become successful without doing anything. What a lie!The truth is that the Bible   has many things to say about slothfulness, sleeping in late, and believing that work is not necessary.

God's Faithfulness || New Beginnings

Psalm 89:1 says “I will sing of the mercies of The Lord forever, with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.” Lamentations 3:21-24 says “It is of The Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning, great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion saith my soul, therefore will I hope in Him. The Lord is good to them that wait for Him to the soul that seeketh Him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of The Lord.”
How many times do we stop and consider The Lord's faithfulness? Every day His mercies are new, and His compassions fail not. Through the hard times, and the good times God never changes. His Word remains steady and sure, and there is nothing uncertain about His faithfulness to keep His promises. Have you ever stopped to consider the power of God? He rules the heavens, and the earth. He could have made one star, and one moon, and the earth, and stopped. He could have just made the earth as well, and stopped. But He didn't. He decided to go beyond all that we could ask or think, and create infinite wonder and beauty in the heavens of heavens, and in the earth. He went so far as to create you and me, and not just create us, but to give us unique thoughts and dreams, and feelings and goals. He went beyond, just to show that He could, and prove that His faithfulness is never ending. When we think we can't go on another day, and when our failures seem to be closing in on us, God sends us his love, in the form of a ray of sunshine, a bird, a flower. The sound of rain on our roof, and the knowledge that we are safe inside His arms. His mercies are new every morning. His strength is sufficient for another day. Great is His faithfulness.
I read a book recently Priscilla Shier entitled “God is Able” The entire book was an explanation and practical application of Ephesians 3:20-21 that says “Now unto him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above ALL that we can ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages. World without end. Amen.” Mrs. Shier basically took every negative thought, and concern we have about God, and challenged it with the truth of Scripture. Through stories, and insights from her life, she showed the importance of trusting and believing that God is truly able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we can ask or think. And He requires us to live in light of that belief.

Today is the day!

"Now is the time to know God is able. To connect your current reality with God's present ability. But in order to do that- in order to experience Him Now, to burst through the cloud cover that's keeping you from catching the rays of His light- you need to make a deliberate decision to change your perspective. " Priscilla Shirer- "God is Able"