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Burnout – The Solution

To overcome burnout, you must balance the following: Relationship and time with God- Practicing the presence of God / Praise Practice contentment (Bloom where you are planted) Rest, relaxation, meditation – Be anxious for nothing… Good nutrition Regular exercise Laughter and play – “Blessed are those who laugh at themselves, for they will never cease to be amused.” Good support system of family and friends Husband, church family, one or two close friends Meaningful work Also:  Don’t overcommit – seasons of life Be Purposeful – Decide between good and best and too much – (ask what you are trying to accomplish with each... Read More

I Can because He Is

I Can because He is I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.Philippians 4:13 I was facing another back surgery.  I thought it would be minor, but it turned out to be major with a six- month recovery.  This was spinal surgery number six, and I didn’t want to!  God provided and my husband and boys stepped in in miraculous ways and helped out.  The six-month recovery has just one more month, and with God’s strength, I can! Whatever your “I don’t want to” is, give it to God.  He is able. Charles Spurgeon wrote: God is able... Read More

Burnout – More Symptoms

5 Stages of burnout – “Burnout is not an event, it is a process.” Most people don’t recognize the seriousness of their condition until they reach level 2 breakdown.  Early warning signs You sense that some of your expectations were unrealistic There’s more to do than time to do it You work longer hours, give up exercise and save all relaxation for the weekend You still try new ways to solve problems You share your feelings with family and friends but they shrug off your concern Self-talk  “Stay positive.  This will get easier.” Disenchantment You know you’re under a lot... Read More

Perfection

“He no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh… but to the will of God” 1 Peter 4:2 Perfection is founded entirely on the love of God, and the perfect love of God means the complete union of our will with God’s: It follows them, that the more one unites his will be his love of God. The greatest glory we can give to God is to do His will in everything. Our Redeemer came on earth to glorify His heavenly Father and to teach us by His example and how we can do the same.... Read More

Great Books

I know that I have been silent for a while. God seems to be calling me to a time of silence with the world, that I might speak more to HIm. As my body heals, my mind has been free to think and pray and rejoice and ponder. I have been reading some great books (see below) and have had some great conversations with my son, Garrett whom God has in the same place. I am looking forward to hitting the road and speaking and showing at the upcoming homeschool conferences. , but I have also enjoyed this time of... Read More

Truth is…

”…I was very glad to find some of your children walking in truth…” 2 John !:4 What is this truth? “…for the sake of the truth which abides in us and will be with us forever.” (2 John 1:2) “Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life…” (John 14:6) So first we see that truth is the person of Jesus. Jesus is God and all that God is, so truth is the very character of God. Truth also contains the eternal facts of the Scriptures. The gospel, the promises, the prophecies, etc…. But truth is more than even this.... Read More

I Need You!

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:23-25 We need each other! We need other Christians. We need to be with others that can encourage us through song and biblical teaching. We need to be fed constant truth, or the world will overtake us. When I was studying... Read More

Walking in Grace

“My son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” 2 timothy 2:1 What is this grace and how do we grow strong in it? Grace is given by God first at salvation. This grace is His love poured out upon us to salvation that does not take into account our sinful acts. This grace is God’s forgiveness and promise of eternity with Him. Then grace becomes the pouring out of God’s wisdom and presence in our lives making us able to walk sinless before Him. This grace also forgives when we repent, gives hope when the world... Read More

Belief or Faith?

What is the difference between belief and faith? Belief is a head knowledge. Faith is action. Abraham acted out his belief in God with faith as he had Isaac ready for sacrifice. He believed that God would keep His promise and that he would become a great nation through Isaac, so if God asked him to sacrifice Isaac, then either God would intervene or raise Isaac back from the dead. Abraham acted in faith upon his belief. God intervened. So what you believe is foundational to your faith. How do we know what to believe? We read the word of... Read More

Wisdom Waits

“How blessed is the man who finds wisdom And the man who gains understanding. For her profit is better than the profit of silver And her gain better than fine gold. She is more precious than jewels; And nothing you desire compares with her.” Proverbs 3:13-15 Wisdom is personified in Jesus Christ. Wisdom is the character and essence of God. And He has made it available to us! How incredible is that! To gain wisdom, we must let go of foolishness – foolishness of thinking that we can gain the whole world on our own, in our own ways. That... Read More
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