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Busy Weekend Catch-Up Post — December 4-7

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Yes, it happened again– “it” being “life” as in “life is what happens when you’re making other plans!”  or, life events that happened to prevent me from blogging daily!

 

Friday, I was out and about (a treat for me, since we only have one car and I’m stranded all week while hubby Dave uses the car for work) doing errands and grocery shopping, AND preparing for…

 

Saturday, when Dave and I went to New Hampshire to visit my youngest daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughters. My daughter, a budding photographer, also took pictures of us with our pups.

 

Sunday, Dave and I went shopping together, did some decorating for Christmas, and just enjoyed a relaxing day after 6 hours of travel on Saturday.

 

Today, Monday, has been a busy but mostly peaceful day with Christmas music playing, more decorating, and odds and ends of other tasks.

 

 

So here are “catch-up” devotional thoughts for December 4-6, plus today’s:

 

“If we struggle with why God isn’t blessing us,

it may be because God has already told us

the things we need to do to get our lives in order

and to receive radical blessings.

We really don’t need to complain about doing what God

tells us to do because anything that He tells us to do,

He gives us the ability to do.

The problem may be that we just haven’t done

what He has told us to do.

Perhaps more than ever we need to get up

and get going.

Sometimes we have to go through in obedience

and just keep moving forward.”

–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”  [Dec. 4]

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“We are all eager for our situations

and relationships to change,

but nothing will change in our lives

without knowledge of God’s Word (see Hosea 4:6).

Change comes through prayer,

and then through waiting patiently on God.

While we are waiting for God

to solve our problems,

we are not to complain to everybody else

about our situation.

God tells us to trust Him.

He is faithful to rescue us from all our troubles.”

–Joyce Meyer in “Starting Your Days Right” [Dec. 5]

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“Faith is deposited in the spirit.

Faith is a force that comes out of the spirit,

and it can accomplish great things,

but faith must be released to be of value.

If you have faith in your heart to step out and do something,

but begin to take counsel with your mind,

 then negative, doubtful, and unbelieving thoughts

can talk you right out

of what faith is telling you.

If your head believes the opposite

of what our spirit is telling you,

you must go deeper…

leave the shallow places of your own soul…

and do what you know deep down inside.”

–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”  [Dec. 6]

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“Occasionally, we see what I call ‘shooting stars,’

people who quickly rise to the top of their professions

without going through all the difficult early days,

but they normally don’t last too long.

They come out of nowhere

and disappear just as quickly.

Character is developed during  difficult times.

Our calls and desires are tested  when we are told no,

time after time, and still remain determined.

Only determined people succeed.

Just because we take a step of faith

does not mean we will avoid the rest of the process.

God usually builds slow and solid,

not fast and fragile.”

–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You” [Dec. 7]

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My reflections:

My primary take-aways from these four devotions: Don’t complain about how life is going if I’m not doing what God told me to do in the first place; don’t complain, but instead, wait patiently; leave the soul’s shallow places and release my faith; and take a step of faith while allowing character to be developed.

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

How was YOUR weekend? What are your favorite or most meaningful parts of these devotionals?

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Give yourself the gift of peace this holiday season!

23 Comments

  1. Claudette

    I have a different spiritual path from yours so I will not comment on your specifics. I’m very happy though that you had a great weekend.

    08 . Dec . 2015
  2. Elizabeth O.

    I definitely love the message! It’s very motivating. It’s never healthy to complain about life, just go with the flow and deal with what you can control.

    08 . Dec . 2015
  3. tara pittman

    It is hard not to complain. I need to give it to God.

    08 . Dec . 2015
  4. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    There is lots of good scenery for pics up in NH 🙂

    08 . Dec . 2015
  5. Alana

    “Character is developed during difficult times” spoke to me today. December is going to be a difficult time for many in our country, as we face challenges. That includes me and several other people I know.

    08 . Dec . 2015
  6. Rachel Mouton

    I think that’s why Mondays are so hard. We feel like we failed at catching up on the weekend.

    08 . Dec . 2015
  7. Bonnie Gean

    Hi Karen,

    How wonderful you had a chance to spend time with your family. How is your grandbaby doing?

    Christmas time is usually a hectic time around my house too, so I totally get that you didn’t have time to create a post.

    I’ve not been posting every week like I should. It always seems as if there is something else calling for my attention. I’m hoping things change in the new year.

    – Bonnie

    08 . Dec . 2015
  8. Traci@tracesoffaith

    My daughter’s devotional today talked about this very thing. I thought to myself, oh, if she could figure this out at a young age!! Don’t worry, just pray.

    08 . Dec . 2015
  9. Michelle Liew

    For me, my thoughts on these verses are that we have to give ourselves time.

    08 . Dec . 2015
  10. Eileen Kelly

    I am happy you got to spend time with your daughter and family. I agree, no complaining!!!!!! great post

    08 . Dec . 2015
  11. Mardene Carr

    I agree with you…many times we expect from God and others what we are not willing to do

    08 . Dec . 2015
  12. Liz Mays

    I did a ton of holiday baking over the weekend. This upcoming weekend will probably involve eating all of it. lol I’m glad you had a lovely weekend yourself!

    08 . Dec . 2015
  13. MyTeenGuide

    You had a busy week! I love this post. We don’t have a right to complain when we think God is not blessing us.

    08 . Dec . 2015
  14. Carol Cassara

    Sometimes, the weekend is as busy as the week–maybe busier. So much for down time, not to be found this time of year!

    08 . Dec . 2015
  15. Laurie

    This are inspirational. Complaining about things doesn’t create change unless you do something

    08 . Dec . 2015
  16. Jeanette Mays

    Weekends are always busy & it won’t hurt to skip blogging for a few days.

    08 . Dec . 2015
  17. Lexie Lane

    You had a great time with your daughter and family, and I’m so glad of that. Life is too short so spending time with your love ones are most important thing.

    08 . Dec . 2015
  18. Nicole Escat

    Such a great post indeed.I’m glad that you had a lovely and awesome weekend’s with your family.

    08 . Dec . 2015
  19. Sojourner

    Great inspirational quotes! Life is indeed what happens…

    08 . Dec . 2015
  20. Angie Scheie

    Change comes through prayer, that’s my biggest takeaway! I need to be more of a prayer warrior!

    08 . Dec . 2015
  21. Life as a Convert

    I don’t have my Christmas music on yet, but I have my hot cider and it’s warm in my house. I am playing catch-up now.

    09 . Dec . 2015
  22. Gwendolyn Mulholland

    It is so hard not to concentrate on what we don’t have but when we do we truly see what God has blessed us with!

    09 . Dec . 2015
  23. Rosey

    That’s fun that you got pictures with the pups! And hear hear for letting God when we are overwhelmed. A lesson I’m learning more and more every day.

    10 . Dec . 2015

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