I Was Raised to be Weak

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I am weak. I wish I was strong, but I am not.

Though I try really hard to be powerful, it is just not happening for me. Never has.

I can thank my parents for this quality. They raised me to be weak, because they were weak. Many times, you only go as far as your parents went, thus my plight.

And now, I am teaching my kids to be weak.

Weak enough to know who is actually strong. Weak enough to know who is actually in control.

Only by humbly recognizing my weaknesses, can I appreciate God’s Sovereign strength.

Because I am weak, I must look to Him for help, strength, deliverance and salvation.

It is because of my weakness, Jesus died. It is because of my weaknesses that the Spirit helps me.

Through my weaknesses, I can see the power of God.

My parents instilled within me the need…

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Wednesdays with Luke – A Daily Walk, A Weekly Word

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- Luke 6

Is there anything more that needs to be said about the matter?

APRIL BOOK CLUB CHAT – Anne of Avonlea (A Beyond the Pages Tuesday Feature, 3/4)

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00341542In the Words of Anne:

“People who are different from other people are always called peculiar.”

Let’s Chat, Beyond the Pages: Is being unique or set apart all that it is cracked up to be? I’ll bet you weren’t expecting that question. I decided to put it out there because even if we don’t necessarily say it out loud, it doesn’t mean that we don’t think about it or haven’t, at one time or another, thought about it. We most certainly think about it. And you know what else, we most definitely question the cost of being different. Right?

Well, consider Jesus. He was unique. He was set apart. He was different. In fact, He was most peculiar. It’s true! He was especially special, to the point that He got it and He appreciated it. But we don’t really get it until we begin to see the value of Romans 12:2.

Let’s Chat Question: When you read Romans 12:2, what is the first thought that comes to mind?

A Beyond the Pages Challenge: Write a point of view journal entry on Romans 12:2.

The Sunday Bible Study Series: Restless (Week 3/8)

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RESTLESS – Because You Were Made for More by Jennie Allen

Week 3: Gifts

Do you think that it’s possible for fear or discontent to keep us from realizing our dreams? Do you think that those strengths, abilities, and/or positive character traits that we possess are meant for our own good or for something greater/for someone greater? Read this week’s message on gifts and gain a better understanding of how it all works together. You will be happy that you did.

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1) Read Genesis 37:1-11 and summarize what God revealed through Joseph’s dreams.

2) Memorize 1 Corinthians 12:4-7.

3) Complete a spiritual gifts inventory on yourself. Identify those things that you see within yourself as gifts or strengths. Next, ask two people closest to you to identify what they view as your gifts or strengths. Once the aforementioned has been completed, compare the lists and make note of what stands out.

Taking Action:

This week’s challenge will be to complete the following tasks:

- Send a card to someone you admire but perhaps have not spoken to for one reason or another (i.e. someone at church, a colleague, a teacher). Inside the card, make sure to write down those things that you see within them that prove to be encouraging or inspiring.

- Answer the following question from Jennie: “When do you feel God’s pleasure?” (Note: Answering this question will help you to determine the unique gifts and/or talents the LORD has given you to use for His glory.)

- If you have the study video or access to the video, please watch the session entitled Gifts.

From Jennie:

“Moving into our God-given purposes requires an understanding of our God-given gifts and strengths.”

(SG, p. 57)

Here’s to Your Health! (A Healthy Living Book Recommendation)

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Weekend Wonder Detox: Quick Cleanses to Strengthen Your Body and Enhance Your BeautyWeekend Wonder Detox: Quick Cleanses to Strengthen Your Body and Enhance Your Beauty by Michelle Schoffro Cook

Weekend Wonder Detox is one of the best and most comprehensive detox and healthy living books I have come across. It holds a wealth of information within its pages. I absolutely loved it!

What I Liked About This Book:

I loved how the author went into great detail about everything – foods, environment, clothing. She discussed the background, history, and inclusion of many harmful additives and substances into the SAD, etc. Although I knew many things prior to picking up this book, there was so much more that I learned upon reading this book.

The quiz that she included was spot on related to my health issues, which was quite remarkable. It pinpointed exactly where my top critical “crisis” areas were.

The suggested plan for each detox area was simple. It was not burdensome or heavy on the hard-to-gets as many lifestyle or detox plans can be.

The recommended supplements and extras to support the chosen detox programs were very helpful. I loved the combo plus approach in terms of Eastern-Western. I have found that I do well with a mix method.

The educational empowerment message and the ongoing encouragement that the author provided were excellent. Embarking on wellness journeys can be daunting for many, so it is important that books such as this remember to cast a light on the positives and/or on the things that will come over as gains. Realistic plans that do not add a heavy load to an already congested life will always be a winner in my eyes. The author seems to understand this which is perfect.

Ultimately, what I can tell you about this title is that it is top-notch. It belongs on the keeper shelf, marked as favorite. I will definitely get a hard copy of this book. I cannot wait!

Rating: 5+ (Translation: Beyond Excellent)
Recommend: Yes
Bookshelf Worthy: Yes

A complimentary ARC of this book was made available by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The words I have expressed are my own. I was not expected to write a positive review.

Don’t forget to take a look at how things are going on my Sugar-FREE journey. For quick access to Sugar-FREE in Real Time, refer to the Living Connected section in the right margin of this page. Scroll to the appropriate post and read all of the comments.

Here’s to your health!

Wednesdays with Luke – A Daily Walk, A Weekly Word

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Just Some Thoughts on the Beatitudes: 

So…when I am without and in need, I am blessed?

So…when I am starving, hungry, and yearning for something more, I am blessed?

So…when I am crestfallen and low, I am blessed?

So…when others bother me, ridicule me, insult me or worse because of my love for the LORD, I am blessed?

So…when I am faced with tremendous hardships, I am blessed?

What gives?

You mean to tell me that when these things happen, I am blessed? I am fortunate? I am supremely favored? I can be happy?

What is the gain?

You mean to tell me that should I be faced with these, I can partake of the kingdom of God? I can be filled? I can laugh and rejoice? I can leap with gladness? I can be rewarded with heaven?

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Jesus the Christ made this and all things possible.


His Word. Life Relevance. Holy Direction. 

APRIL BOOK CLUB CHAT – Anne of Avonlea (A Beyond the Pages Tuesday Feature, 2/4)

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In the Words of Anne:

“Well, we all make mistakes, dear, so just put it behind you. We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us.”

Let’s Chat, Beyond the Pages: Is it true, do we all make mistakes? Without question, we all make mistakes, and we will likely make more. The mark of true growth and maturity, however, comes with learning from the mistakes that we have made.

Learning from our mistakes and doing what needs to be done in order to move past them – that takes trust in God. That takes faith in God. And at the end of the day, it all builds character.

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This week’s quote caused me to think a lot about Peter. In particular, I thought about his denial regarding Christ. I thought about his immediate response once he realized what he had done, what it took for him to move past his actions, and how he was finally able to go forward, beyond his mistakes.

His story could be ours. We, like him, could make a most regrettable mistake. We could agonize over it. We could try to run away from it, from others or even from ourselves. Thankfully, the LORD knows us, loves us, grants grace to us, and has a no holds barred redemption plan for us. That plan enables us to repent, and it allows us to revise our forward actions, which makes for a better future.

Let’s Chat Question: When you make a mistake, what does it take for you to move past it?

A Beyond the Pages Challenge: Complete a character study on Peter.  Make sure to write down all of his mistakes. After you have completed this, make notations beside each identified mistake in terms of what the LORD said or did and Peter’s response thereafter. Apply what you learn to your life.