I Need Your Imput:)

My goal in life has always been to help other people, and make the most impact in the world. And so the other day I had this idea that I want to run past everyone on here:) I always love giving gifts to people for birthday's and special occasions, but I always have a hard time finding unique gifts and matching the personalities of the people I'm giving gifts to. 

So, my idea is for a subscribtion based gift service, where I would provide customized gifts handmade by other women, already wrapped, and send them annually to freinds of your choice. Gifts could be chosen based on what you know of the person, or I could use a Statistical method based off FB profiles and what people post on FB. Gift subscriptions could be purchased for the year, and all your friends and family could be covered for their special days, taking the worry of what to give them out our of your hands. So what are your thoughts? Obviously I'm still in the very beginning stages of this idea, but I just want to get imput and thoughts on it:) Looking forward to your comments!!

Life is a Missionfield!

The harm in the statement "Everyone did what was right in their own eyes" is that the people overlooked God's commands to them. They choose their own path, and followed what they believed to be right, instead of what was right. I see many similarities in the world today. We have overlooked God's Word, and His commands to us, and we have departed from what is right, and decided to do what we believe to be right. God has reason to judge the world and all it's inhabitants for this wicked act of departing from the truth. There is nothing that is right in our own eyes, because in our natural state, we all desire and do evil. So the only way we can return to the truth, is by doing what is naturally undesirable in our own eyes. What is right, and wholesome, and true and just, and pure, and holy. Philippians 4:6-8

Five of my favorite characteristics about Paul are….
1.His willingness to pray for others without ceasing. Colossians 1:9-14
2.  willingness to obey God and do whatever He called him to do at all costs. Romans 8:38-39
3. His humility when he had reason to boast in his accomplishments. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
4. His determination to do everything in His power to share the gospel without ceasing. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
5. His willingness to suffer for Christ without regard to personal pleasure. Romans 8:18-23
I would like to be more like Paul in my prayers for other people. I usually ask people how I can pray for them, but sometimes fail to actually pray for them. I wonder if Jesus was on the earth in human form today, how many of us would truly live for and with Him like the disciples did? How much time would we spend with Him? How much desire would we have to be with Him? The Bible says Jesus is our friend and brother, yet, I spend less time with him then I do with my best friends. I don't see the great privilege I have to be able to come into His presence without ceasing. Oh for a little more of Paul's reverence and love for the Savior. For a little more of his willingness to go to prison and to death, for the sake of one who gave His life for us! 
Who is your favorite Bible character? What would you like to learn more about from them? 
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Health, Life Lessons, and My Personal Journey Update!

It has been so long since I updated this blog with a legitimate post of how my life has been going and where God has been leading me recently. I do apologize for all the many months I have been silent, and not kept you up to date on my life. It seems hard to think about picking up where I left off, because there's so much I haven't shared. So instead of trying to fill in where I was when I stopped writing, I think I'm just going to start where I am now, and move ahead, and hope that the future posts will have more details about the past, and what I've missed sharing with you all.

Recently I've been busy doing a lot of dog sitting for private clients through Rover.com. It has been a journey of a thousand lessons, teaching me more every time I watch a new dog. I've learned so much, and have had some wonderful experiences with dogs. God has used dogs, and the challenges, and joys I've had with them to help me to see more of His love, and more of my need for Him. I hope to share with you many stories of the pups I've been able to watch, and the lessons God has been teaching me through them. But for now, I just wanted to share that I've been doing dog sitting, and finding it to keep me very busy, and always learning. Here's a few pictures of some dogs I've watched recently, and click here for a link to my Rover profile to see more about the dogs I've watched. (please note I use my middle name Ruth on my profile for safety purposes)

Another thing I've been learning a lot about lately has been health, and finances. We just finished the Financial Peace University class with Dave Ramsey at our church. My Mom and Dad did an amazing job leading the class and we learned SO much about finances, and the biblical perspective on how to use our money for God's glory. One of the biggest things I learned through the class was the purpose of making wise choices now so that we can have more resources to give and invest in the lives of others in the future. God really convicted me about my need to reach out to our local community more, and find ways to serve and meet needs around me more. I highly recommend you attend a Financial Peace University class if you haven't already!  There have been so many opportunities to share the gospel, or a word of encouragement with a hurting soul, and so many times I have passed them up. I don't want to do that anymore. I'm asking God to provide areas of growth for me to be able to reach out more to my community and encourage the people around me. One way I'm excited to see God grow me in this area is through Next-door.com It is an amazing way to reach out to neighbors and get to know your community on a close basis. I've already had many opportunities to meet needs, attend community events, pray for others, meet neighbors, and even got a few dog sitting clients through the next-door community. Here's a link to check out Next-door. I encourage you to join the website and connect with your neighbors more!

And lastly, a new adventure I've been starting recently has been learning more about health and how to use my health for God's glory. Our bodies are the temples of God, and as such we must use them in the way they were created to serve others, and be ready to do all that we are capable of doing. I have been realizing that I need to be more active and focused on my health so that I am aware  of things I need to change, and able to serve God more fully with my life.  In light of this I'm excited to be learning more about vaccines and the major role they play in diminishing and destroying our health and vitality. I'm looking forward to a webinar series on the Truth about Vaccines, starting next week. Be sure to go to this link for more information and to join me on the webinar. Life is too short to live it in poor health because of bad choices we've made. Let's take the chance we have now and make a difference for the future. 

I'll leave you with a verse of Scripture that has been encouraging me a lot recently. 
"The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. Again I will build thee, and thou shalt be built, O virgin of Israel: thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets, and shalt go forth in the dances of them that make merry." Jeremiah 31: 3-4 

God is not finished with you yet! Take time today to rejoice in the finished work of Christ on your behalf. 

What has God been teaching you recently? ..… Leave a comment and let me know!

What’s most important to you?

It seems like the majority of families that I encounter say that after faith, family is the most important thing in their lives. If that’s the case, then it makes sense that we would want to do everything in our power to intentionally develop our families into being, doing, and having our very best.

Although a lot of us are “doing ok” as a family —some better than others— I think if we’re honest, we all know deep down that we could do better, but it’s hard to know where to focus our attention to start.
Look around the restaurant next time you’re out to eat, and see how many people actually have their smartphones either in their hand or on the table – face up. Or how many teens are at dinner with their family but are nose-down into their social media accounts. It’s kind of depressing.
Or how many teens are at dinner with their family but are nose-down into their social media accounts. It’s kind of depressing.
Is this the way it’s destined to be from now on? It doesn’t have to be.

There is another way of life for us and our families. We must raise the bar to a higher standard, and put our families first. That's why I'm taking the 7 Day Family Challenge to return to the right focus of what family really means.

The 7 Day Challenge includes a daily encouragement from Christian leaders pointing us back to the Word of God, and the true meaning of family.
You'll hear from these encouraging speakers each day for the next 7 days. 
  • Dr. Gary Chapman (relationships)
  • Michael & Gail Hyatt (communication)
  • Dr. Josh Axe (physical health)
  • Tony Dungy (work/life balance)

  • Brian Buffini (community)
  • Dave Ramsey (finances)
  • and Zig Ziglar’s own children – Cindy, Julie, and Tom (spirituality/faith).
I'm excited to share this challenge with you, and I hope you'll join me as we seek to put your family first. Click here to join the challenge 

"God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land." Psalm 68:6

So let's answer this question. What does family mean to you? 
Leave me a comment if you join the challenge.