Nothing New; Just a Reminder by Beth Farley

How easily I can talk myself out of going anywhere. I can hunker down under the blankets, in a warm comfy house, while the cold whips around me for days and not be bothered by it.

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Being hunkered down during the recent 2015 blizzard got me to thinking about how I spend some of my time.                                                            .

Am I productive? Am I giving of myself? Am I praying for others? Am I allowing myself some quiet time for meditation and pondering on my blessings?

Some days I march into my routine like an artificial mechanical agent. I forget to pray. I forget to  pay any attention to the things that matter in life or the blessings that I have. How about you?

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I am not preaching to you; I am reminding you and when I remind you I am most certainly reminding myself. When I ponder back to TIME, I think of how I need to rearrange and prioritize so that I will use it wisely.

There are three places in 1 John 2:18-20 where the Apostle John uses phrases that indicate that he was not teaching something new, but rather reminding them of something they already knew.

1 John 2:18…
Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrist’s have come. This is how we know it is the last hour.
1 John 2:20…
But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.[a]

1 John 2:21…

I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth.

Time can pursue us and become our enemy or time can pursue us and become our friend. Jesus knew it was just a matter of time before his execution on the cross. How did He spend his limited time here on earth as a man? He preached; He touched hearts; He healed; He loved; He welcomed; He taught; He dined; He dealt with evil spirits, he prayed and spent time with His Heavenly Father.

How will you spend your time his week?
Are you encouraged to spend time with God? If so, can you encourage others?

What is your method of spending time with God?

Let’s talk about it today as I host on Living by Grace.livingbygracepic-jp

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Where is Home? Beth Farley

While walking my little dog yesterday I breathed in the fresh air and appreciated every crisp step I took. I had been cooped up in the house for a few days and getting out lifted my spirits.

Both my dog and I bundled up. We took our normal trail around the neighborhood both knowing what path she would walk and where she would stop.FullSizeRender-16

When I said to her, “Okay Peek, Let’s go home,” she looked at me with confusion.

I immediately understood her confusion. You see, we’ve been in three different states within the last seven months. Along this journey I’ve found myself asking God, “Where is home?”

Sometimes following God’s plan takes us to places where we never thought we’d travel.

A year ago I hated the cold; now I love walking in it. A year ago I hated the snow; now I feel a calm peace about it. A year ago I was drowning in my life, now I’m coasting the surface. Now I take my life day by day and try not to hang back in my sorrow. I see life differently here.

I do have pain and I do cry my way through life at times but it’s okay to voice my tears. God is asking me to breathe in my suffering and exhale my “God given” light. We all go through times of confusion and during those times God has no expectations from us other than we stay closely connected to Him because when we do, He helps us sound our way through this life and shows us who we truly are in Him.

GOD SAID:

“Beth, it’s okay to be you. Be easy with yourself; you are healing. If you are still reacting to your confusion, let it be known that I am always here with you.”

Psalm 122:7:
“Peace be within your walls and security within your towers!” ESV

I believe 2015 is going to be a better year. I have faith that God will be working in me and through me so that I can feel a sense of home. I will have less confusion as I grow in Him.

How about you? Are you feeling a little lost? Are you on a path that you didn’t think you’d be on?

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How about you? Are you feeling a little lost? Are you on a path that you didn’t think you’d be on?

Come and join us as I host the topic today at Living by Grace.

Being Present in Prayer…Beth Farley

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I caught sight of the most beautiful icicles hanging from the roof this morning. I sipped my coffee and watched as the sun reflected off of the ice creating prisms on the window and wall.

The glory of the masterpiece God gave me this morning was priceless.

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I got to thinking about how God put a woman on display in Proverbs 31. She was of gracious beauty! She was priceless. Her character reflected her love for God.

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This woman was a wife and she was of noble character. She was worth more than rubies and she lacked nothing of value. She would bring no harm to others. She got up early and worked for her family before they arose and opened her arms to the poor and needy. She had strength, dignity and wisdom. She was priceless.

I asked myself, am I a woman of noble character? Am I woman who has value? Am I opening up my arms to the poor and needy? Do I have wisdom?

Being in the presence of God’s beauty this morning caused me to meditate on and journal about the word PRESENT. By this I mean that I have to be present while spending time with God. I can’t be a woman of noble character or a woman of wisdom or a woman who gives, without being present in our time together. I can’t have FAITH if I am not present in my prayer time. time. Hebrews 11:6 reminds us that, “Without faith it is impossible to please God.”

SO THEN…………

How do we please God? By being all that He has called us to be.

And how do we achieve that? By being present with Him.

How about you? Are you of noble character?

Are you priceless and full of wisdom?

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Tapping Trees & Talking…Beth Farley

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Today we woke up to more snow. Okay, I love the snow and I’m really not experiencing too many issues with the cold, but I really wanted to take him to his favorite place to have a scone. As I sipped on my coffee contemplating on getting out or not, he looked over at me and asked, “Are we going to get a scone?” Knowing that a dusting to an inch of snow is nothing around here, I decided at that point to become a true Mainerd. One calls himself that when he has lived in Maine for many, many years. And one thing I’ve noticed about a Mainerd is that they drive on just about any road condition. So I replied, “Yes, we’re going to go.”

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When we drove to this little home-town-restaurant, we had quite the chat about the trees and tapping for syrup. He shared details like, freezing nights and warm days are needed in order to induce sap flow. He also shared that the change in temperature from above to below freezing causes water uptake from the soil, and the temperatures above freezing cause a stem pressure to develop which causes sap to flow out of the tap-holes. Finally he shared that Maine is the second largest producer of syrup.

I could go on and on about syrup collection, but the moral of this story is not about tapping a maple tree or two, but rather about the conversation of one who loves his state; one who loves to get out and one who enjoys the beauty around him. Engaging in conversation does-not come so easy to him. Some days are easier than others and today he was full of words.Today was one of those days and I tapped into that. LOL

Sometimes I am restless and in search for a fresh vision from Jesus. Today was one of those days and He emerged in trees and conversation.Today’s experience reminded me that God is everywhere and in everything and without Him, we cannot exist. I am so thankful that today was a day of talking about tapping trees, or maybe I should say, I am so thankful for the gift of just plain ol talking.

When we are in need of a fresh vision from Christ, we can know that Jesus lurks in plain sight; right in front of our eyes. Thanks for today’s talkative journey.

The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed; nor will they say, “Look here it is!” or “There it is?” For, in fact, the kingdom of God is among you.
Luke 17:20-21

You Wronged Me! by Beth Farley

I’ve been reading and re-reading Jen’s post earlier this week on forgiveness, I can’t help but gear my own blog towards the same subject. Why? Because forgiveness is my biggest Goliath in life. I have such a struggle in forgiving others that have wronged me.th panic

Jen’s host and friend, Janet Sketchley, Author of Secrets and Lies, lined out ways on how we can let go of our anger. I would like to share some of my thoughts as well. 2014 was a very tough year for me and letting go of anger was incredibly difficult.

I struggled with a kidney disease, lost my job, went into foreclosure on my home and it was vandalized by an X-family member. I became separated, moved to Texas and then six months later moved to Maine. Angry you ask? Yes, I was.

With each one of these instances my heart became empty and my dreams became lost. I became a social outcast in my own life. I became extremely angry and experienced a three-day stretch where I didn’t get out of bed. I pulled the covers up and didn’t move other than to let my dog out. I didn’t eat or drink. I was hedged in by my own anger.

At the end of the third day, I finally broke out my Bible and went to the Gospels, specifically Matthew 9:20 and began to re-read about the woman who had an “issue of blood”.

She was sick in her body. She had no money and drained all of her resources and instead of getting better, she grew worse. (Mark 5:26)

In the law of Moses any woman who was hemorrhaging, or even experienced a normal menstruation needed to remain “apart” from others as long as she was bleeding. This woman bled for twelve years. Can you imagine how she felt? I speculate she was incredibly angry and felt like a social outcast.

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What did she do? She became determined to just touch the edge of Jesus’ garment!

During my three-day slump, Jesus whispered to me,“Beth, just touch the edge of my garment and you shall be able to let go of your anger.” Then I read, “Take heart, daughter, your faith has healed your broken heart.” Matthew 9:22 paraphrased!

Now, when my days become turbulent and I feel anger trying to strangle me, I try to remember that the wave is not the sea. Though it pounds at me, the pounding will pass. You also do not need to allow your anger to mislead causing you to stay in close to the shore. You see, because if you stay too close to shore, you will get battered by the surf and undertow.

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What is it that you feel angry about today? Are you tempted today to lose hope? To lash out?

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