Prov 14:1 Every WISE woman BUILDS her house

but the FOOLISH one TEARS it down with her own hands. These are very true words! It translate into more than your home as well. If you are the manager of your husbands business you can build it up or you can tear it down, wisdom or foolishness. I have watched a woman, who thinks she is smart and knows way more than anyone else about everything there is to know (“in my opinion” in case she is reading this, she will understand that comment). She has single handedly been responsible for 10 employees walking out the door since 2012. This office has lost hard working, loyal workers that just could not take the meanness of this woman. And yet she, and her husband since he will do nothing to bring her under control, that she is going to be the downfall of this practice. She see’s herself as the all knowing one, the only one who can do anything, and she also believes that her husband will cheat on her with any pretty woman that he works with. Is that not the saddest thing? How good can the marriage be if she is suspicious of him all the time? She thought that one of his med techs had her eye on him because she sent him text messages saying such seductive things as “the sidewalk outside the office is very slick this morning, be careful” Or “thank you for letting me off early today so I could go to my sons game the score is…” I know if some woman who worked for my husband sent him messages like that I would automatically think he was having an affair! NOT! This was such an affront to this woman that she has now found another job and gave her 2 wks notice to the good Dr. I am so proud of her for taking the stand. Her character was maligned and Dr’s wife thinks that is ok. Apparently so does Dr because he does nothing to correct this unacceptable behavior. And so once again he loses a hard working, loyal employee. Since I walked out the door in Sept this will be the 3rd personmaxine to leave his employment in 5 months time. All 3 of them gave notice within weeks of each other, and yet he tells them that it is all in their head and that things are just fine in the office. The morale is good, the team is happy…he really believes that, or at least that is what he says. So I ask you, are you a person that builds up or are you a person that tears down? What kind of fragrance do you leave when you walk into or out of a room? Do people sigh and say oh no she is here or oh Thank you Lord she is gone when You leave? When people hear your name in public or in your home do they think of a Godly loving person or do they think of a mean spirited haughty person who thinks more highly of themselves then they should? Are you a Christian all the time or just at church? What legacy are you leaving? What memory will people have of you? Were you WISE or were you FOOLISH? Do you have religion or do you have a Relationship with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords? Your life will tell the story much louder than your words.
Don’t get me wrong, we are all a work in progress and we all make mistakes and have much to learn and have a lot of room to grow, but the question I am asking is still valid…for if you think you already know it all then you have no room for growth, therefore you become stale and of no use in the kingdom of God. And what is worse, you are a stench and cause those who know you as a Christian to question the love of the God you claim to follow…I know that I am very black and white in my opinions. I make no apologies for this, I love God and serve Him with all, heart, mind and soul. I have no problem calling sin, sin and wrong, wrong. I am not PC nor will I ever be. Anything that keeps the truth from being spoken is in no way “correct”. God’s word is an offense to many, but especially to those who say they are living for God and yet are not following His ways. WISE or FOOLISH? BUILDING or TEARING down? What is the fragrance you leave? Food for thought…until next time….

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Prayer and clean eating bootcamp among other things….

It has been an eventful time the last week or so. It is exciting hearing from God, knowing that He hears me and is giving direction. He wants us to be Bold and Audacious with our prayers, He wants us to ask Him for the impossible…So that is what I have been doing. Have I seen these things happen? Not yet, but that doesn’t mean that my expectation of what He is going to do isn’t High! I have seen God working in our life, directing, making changes in my heart and my faith! I am blessed to be on this journey, a journey that isn’t going to end in 40 days. I prayed before this but somehow this is different, I am going in a direction with God that is deeper, more intimate. A place of vulnerability. A place that leaves me in a place of trusting Him to do and be what He said he would do and be! Praying prayers that are way above my finances, far above my ability to make happen. Believing for the impossible.
Speaking of impossible this boot camp of clean eating is not easy! Okay possibly IMPOSSIBLE for me! But, God is helping me get this done. I am sticking to the plan mostly. I have decided that I am going to allow myself to have coffee on the weekends. I am letting myself have a small amount of chocolate once in awhile. Small things that make this more doable for me.
I have other things that I want to write about but that is going to have to wait for another blog because it is time to go to church. But I will leave you with a teaser…thing have gone terribly wrong at my previous place of employment. I will fill you in on the details of this very frustrating and stupid drama. The bible says that a wise woman builds her house but a foolish woman will tear it down with her bare hands…paraphrased by me πŸ™‚ but this is so very very true….so stay tuned I will be back to share the saga later!

Getting My Prayer On….

warfareThis has not been easy for me. I find it difficult to have a definite time to set aside for prayer. I have heard that the best time is to pray first thing in the morning before the cares of the day take over…but for me it has proven to be the most difficult time of the day. And why wouldn’t it be? If you know me you know I am not a morning person. I don’t talk in the morning, I get ready for work, listen to my bible as I get ready and prepare David’s breakfast and lunch. I don’t even talk much when I first get to work. Β And yet because people have written books and spoke at seminars about first thing in the morning being the best time to pray I tried that…yea didn’t work out so well. So this first week of prayer I have found that the best time for me to pray is right before I go to bed. I have all the things from the day to discuss with the Lord, I know better how to pray about the things that I am “circling” in prayer and have been able to be very specific about them. I have gone to bed with peace and not concerned or stressed over what has happened during the day. So I have decided that the best time of day to pray is the time that works best for you, the time that you are the most alert and engaged in the conversation. For many people that is first thing in the morning, but not for me. I have a hard time staying focused on prayer in the morning, I don’t put everything into the conversation as I do when I pray before I go to bed. That is what I have discovered about this.
maxine42I have also been doing a clean eating protocol this is the first week of my 28 day journey…I have done okay, not as good as I would have liked. I have gone off of coffee, and sugar, and all unhealthy foods. It is hard for me this week because I don’t really like the vanilla shake mix much and the chocolate is on back order. I got an email telling me that the chocolate is on its way. Hopefully it will be here early next week! I have lost weight…not a lot of weight, but some and that is better than gaining! I was 4lbs over my stop weight when I went off of Hcg in September. I have maintained my weight loss for 4 months now and I am not wanting to go backwards. I want to start losing again. I know I need to be exercising again. But baby steps for me πŸ™‚
So there is an update. Love to you who stop by to be a part of my life! See ya next blog!
Isaiah 43:19

40 days of prayer and 28 day boot camp start tomorrow

I already know some of what God wants me to circle in prayer. I know that Stephanie and Corbin are definitely on my list as is Charlie and his job. He is in a highly stressful work place right now. He is very good at what he does but he can always use divine direction in dealing with the situations that come up daily. I feel that God is going to give me more to circle in prayer and some I will be circling in Praise. I know the promise for David to be in his right mind is still an active promise, this is one that I will be circling in praise, this is a promise that is already done in the Spirit realm, just waiting on the manifestation in the physical realm. There is more but that is yet to be revealed. I am excited about what is going to happen in the lives of those who are joining with me on the venture and what is going to happen in my own life.

28 day boot Camp also begins tomorrow, this is a clean eating venture that I am embarking on, using the Arbonne products and boot camp protocol. I know this is going to make a huge difference in how I feel and I will have more energy.

So we start tomorrow, looking forward to reporting the testimonies as we go.
Isaiah 43:19 is my scripture for at least the next 40 days, maybe for the year!

New Year starting with 40 Days of Prayer

God has been stirring up the gifts within me for awhile now. Our church had a class last year from the book The Circle Maker. This book has been rolling around in my mind and heart for sometime now. I have a urgency toward powerful, intentional prayer. I have come across the next book “40 days of prayer” when I saw this I knew it was time. I have the book, the desire and the plan…I am going to start this prayer journey on Monday Jan 6th. I have invited my church family to join with me, and I am putting it out there for those who read my blog to join me on the adventure as well. I have an idea of what I will be praying for (Stephanie and Corbin) But I don’t know what other direction the Lord is going to take me in. I am praying about what I need to be praying about! What better way to start the year then with open communication with my heavenly Father?
What 2014 has in store I have no idea, 2013 had joy and extreme heartache, change and hurt, so many things happened in the last year that I have a hard time wrapping my head around it all. I don’t go into 2014 with any pre-conceived ideas of what is coming. I know that whatever this year brings I can walk it out as long as my relationship with God is in place and communication between us is open. I want more this year. I am not okay with the status quo, with just getting by and talking the talk while I walk out a mediocre life. I want the life God has for me and my family. I want to know Him more…not just about Him.
Isaiah 43:19
For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers I the dry wasteland.

Christmas was Great this year!

Aaron charlie and aaron hershey and dolly mema and holly Stephanie and Corbin 3 david3 holly and mom 3tim and kellyWe had most of our children home this year, (Kevin and April were not here…haven’t had Kevin for 3 years now…trying to keep my attitude sweet about that…not always easy πŸ™‚ But everyone else was here as well as some new faces! We have a tradition here where we draw names and the gifts are given one at a time with kind words given as the gift is given out. My mom and dad are the best at this part! They both reduce the room to tears every year. This year was no different then any other year! It was a blessed with much love and a call to salvation for those in our family that are not living for Jesus at this time. We pray for divine appointments and their eyes to be opened their ears to be unstopped, that the lies they have believed as truth to be exposed as lies and the truth to be revealed in their hearts and minds. I have not seen this happen yet but I know that God is doing a work in their hearts. What better way to spend the day we celebrate the Birth of Jesus, then to have His message of love and salvation expressed in a heartfelt way.
The day was filled with tears and laughter. Two wonderful things! I am so blessed with this family! I love you all so very much!