What Other’s Words Create

Pursuing What Is Excellent -- What Other's Words Create

I’ve recently started reading a great book that I know will be beneficial for me.

I wasn’t a few pages in before a simple, tucked away in a paragraph, sentence stirred me.
There was something there that I couldn’t put my finger on. I journaled and also asked God to reveal if there’s something that I’m overlooking.
Nothing has come up yet.

As I was able to sit still for a few minutes, my heart started pounding so rapidly.
I had to get serious with myself and ask, “What lens are you reading through?”
I know my tendencies of taking on other’s emotions. They don’t even belong to me.
For seasons I have to stop reading certain types of blogs because of my tendency to put on someone else’s problems and start to see them in my life..and they aren’t even my reality!!

When I read, I will now have to start asking myself:

  • Am I taking something into my spirit that doesn’t belong to me?
  • Am I assigning something to my heart that should not be there?
  • How long will I stick with this book before I realize that its doing more harm than good?
  • If there is something that I need to deal with, do I have someone to talk to that can help me?

Reading ANY literature is thought provoking. What thoughts are being provoked, though?
Captivate those thoughts just as the Bible says (2 Corinthians 10:3-6)!
Human reasoning can get our imagination flowing and can create things that should’ve been squashed at its conception.

We have to be mindful of the thoughts we hang out with. Reading fills our minds with whatever the author has crafted.
What we read could’ve been the most beautiful, godly and Spirit-filled written content that will make a positive impact! And that’s a wonderful thing! Don’t throw out great reads!
I am an avid reader and really enjoy the majority of what I read! Y’all know that because I recommend lots of books.
While that is true, I have to be mindful of the lens that I read a book through.
I must stick to what I know about myself, and tendencies.

Some may think that my stance is a sign of weakness and that I’ve allowed my emotions to be all over the place, but how many times have you heard someone say that a book has changed their lives?
See, those words had power!
Words create.
I want something created in me that glorifies God, that helps me to see any sin in my life and repent, that lead me to know my Savior better, that express gratitude for those around me, that helps me to rightly minister to others.

What are other’s words creating?

Living to Worship Him,
Kela

Everyday Peace Small Group Bible Study

Pursuing What Is Excellent -- Everyday Peace Small Group Bible Study

What a whirlwind of a Summer it has been! It’s still going strong but the dates on the calendar indicates that we’re winding down.

Fall is soon upon us and that usually means getting back into routine and looking forward to fresh beginnings. Season changes seem to have that effect on folks!

In comes new Bible studies and new fellowship; whether in our local churches, ladies gathering in homes or at coffee shops, or in small classrooms.
That also means online groups that have us perched in a quiet corner with our favorite hot beverage or water that we’re trying to get in from the start of our day.
We also find ourselves with our Bibles, pens, books, and journals sprawled out across the kitchen table.

However it finds you, I’ll bet you’re longing for that sacred connection; between you and God, and with other women that feel your heartbeat!

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I have a great opportunity, desire, and excitement to lead such an online group Bible study with you!

Katie Orr, author of many wonderful Bible Studies, gathered a small group of women together in the beginning of Summer to be a part of her Everyday Peace pilot study.

In the times that we’re living in, peace can seemingly be hard to find. But, my friend, it CAN be found!
Focusing on Philippians 4 and using Katie’s FOCUSed15 study method, we’ll dive into finding

  • Peace in Everyday Stress
  • Peace in Any Circumstance
  • Peace in Dissension

#EverydayPeace Don't forfeit peace

Everyday Peace is a four week study that I’ll be leading in my closed Facebook Group, Word Treasurers starting Monday, September 12 – Friday, October 7!

Space is limited, and for women only. Request to join the Word Treasurers Facebook group today, and pre-order your copy of Everyday Peace!

Find out more about Everyday Peace here, and about Katie’s FOCUSed15 Bible Study method here. It has been pivotal in the way I study God’s Word no matter what I’m studying.

I look forward to studying with you!!

Living to Worship Him,
Kela

 

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More Than Just Changing Sheets

 **Post updated! It’s kinda weird going back and reading some of your OLD blog posts! It’s a good gauge though, to see how far you’ve come…and how far you still have to go (ouch!)!**

Pursuing What Is Excellent -- More Than Just Changing SheetsAs the woman of my home, I’m in a pursuit mode.
Learning new things everyday about loving my husband and taking care of my dwelling place.

I’ve always known that my daughters are watching me. This should have prompted me years ago to do my daily best.
I don’t want to let them down.
I look around me and see so many areas that are begging for attention. I can’t even make excuses anymore.There were no less than 4 instances last week that the word “atmosphere” showed up in my cluttered world.
A blog post from my friend at Raising Homemakers (Your Home Dynamic), an encouraging word that was meant JUST FOR ME, but the time that I felt the most sting was from my husband. “This is not an atmosphere of motivation.”

I knew exactly what he was talking about. THE place that was supposed to be a safe haven, refuge, strength-builder, for love and sweetness was a wreck! It reeked of chaos and madness. Junk!

It’s about more than just changing sheets.
It’s about valuing my husband.

While pouring over God’s Word for help in this area, one thing that I gleaned was that I’m to be my husband’s helper. I already “knew” this, but now I have a better understanding. I’m to help my husband with his attitude by having a welcoming atmosphere for him to come home to. Please note; I’m not responsible for his attitude.

Practically, what does this look like?

  • I had to step out into my garage and come back in again. As I stood in the doorway, what do I see? My kitchen table and family room. Ooh. Clutter.
    • What will I do about it?
      • Clear the table before my husband gets home. Oh, and wipe off the sticky stuff.
      • Those clothes on the sofa waiting to be folded? Don’t just put those on the bed in my room…fold them up and have the kids put them away promptly.
  • Next comes our bedroom.
    • What will I do about it?
      • 1 simple word that’s so often heard, but needs to be more present in my vocabulary…DECLUTTER!

More order; intentional order, in my day is beyond needed. It’s to the point that it will be required.
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My daughters will be building their own homes with their husbands. They’ll be the determiner of the atmosphere in their home.

This may be one of the only times that I’m willing to admit this. I could wallow in pride, but I wont. Here goes…my oldest daughter can run circles around me in de-cluttering and cleaning. I then realize that she’s had more than just me as a teacher. I’m not the only one that she’s watched. She’s also sat under the guidance of a meticulous grandmother.

With that said, I’m thankful for another godly woman in the family that was willing to mentor my daughter.
There is so much that I know that I’ve imparted about marriage into my daughter and she’s truly on the right track.

As my mother-in-law has poured some things into my daughter, I pray to be able to have that same kind of influence one day with my granddaughter(s).

Preparation. Pursuit. Intentional. Order. Atmosphere. Got it!

Sister, if any of the above sounds like you too, please allow the Holy Spirit to speak to your heart and set out to obey the message. I’m in this with you. Let’s do this!!

Living to Worship Him,
Kela

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No Hunger in the Wait

Pursuing What Is Excellent -- No Hunger in the Wait

I was reading 2 Corinthians 9 and stopped at verse 10.
Realizing that:
1) We get every bit of our seed from God; being material or spiritual.
2) He gives us our substance (bread for food) while we’re waiting for the harvest.

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He won’t let us go hungry in the wait!
Rely fully on Him!
This is totally where Matthew 6:25-34 steps in.
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What seed has God given you to sow in faith?
Keep nurturing it by thanking Him right now; knowing that the answer is on the way!

He gives us the seed to sow so that His work is multiplied.
We freely give from the abundance and overflow of what we’ve harvested.
As we give, He replenishes!

Pursuing What Is Excellent -- Psalm 37 twenty-five
So, let’s not hold the seed with clenched hands.
That alone won’t satisfy (don’t eat your seed), nor will it be beneficial to anyone else.
Open our hands and receive the bread that He places there to gain nourishment from.
There’s no hunger in the wait!

Pursuing What Is Excellent - No Hunger in the Wait

Living to Worship Him,
Kela