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go ahead…ash me one more time what today is….

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This year, Ash Wednesday falls on March 5, 2014, which is 46 days prior to Easter.  It marks the beginning of 40-day liturgical period of prayer and fasting or abstinence. 

Since I was raised Southern Baptist, I never was able to take part in this practice.  But this year, my church, North Phoenix Baptist Church will be hosting a Ash Wednesday Service for several denominations here in the Phoenix area.  If you are close, I invite you to attend the service at 6:30pm.

In the meantime…

I have found a waaay better explanation HERE for Ash Wednesday, called “Ash Wednesday for Newbies“.  Check it out because being a newbie myself, I don’t want you to ash me any questions I can’t answer…….(did you see what I did there?)

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where was your mind this morning?

untitled Every day our families are in a battle.  As mothers of special needs children, we need more than ever to be immersed in the Word of God.

Not only did I have a handicapped son, but I also had four other children, a husband and three dogs to tend!   I know it can be done and it should be done early in the day before the crazy starts to happen.  We, as mothers, need that spiritual closeness with our Savior and we need to make time early before the daily rush begins when the world wakes up.

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Because I have such a passion for you to read God’s Word, I have chosen some scripture for you to feed on.  What helped me to memorize scripture was to write the verse on post-it notes and place them everywhere!  I had scripture on the mirror, the refrigerator, the car visor…wherever I knew that I would be during the day.  This way I could read the verse and plant His Word in my heart.

Need a tip?  Say the verse out loud! Let your children hear you recite the verse and get them involved in memorizing also.  You certainly wouldn’t place your child in your car without a seatbelt, would you?  How can we expect to send our kids out into the world without being equipped and protected by His Word?  Make it a daily practice and you will find you will be able to face your day with a peace that surpasses all understanding.  Don’t we all want that?

Here are a few of my favorite scriptures that have been dear to my heart…

“Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of a good report – if there be any virtue and if there is any praise – think on these things.”  Philippians 4:8 NKJV

“Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your graciousness be known to everyone.  The Lord is near.  Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving; let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:4-7 NIV

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV

imagesCASBV8NE (excerpts from upcoming e-book, Special Kid’s, Chosen Mom’s)

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love and the aww moment…

Think of LOVE and then read below!

Agape Lovesacrificial commitment, dedicated to the well-being of another

Genuine Agape love doesn’t expect love in return.  It is everlasting, unconditional, sacrificial and immeasurable.

Our heavenly Father not only cares for us, but He also cares for His creation!  He blesses us with pets and all kinds of animals so that we may enjoy them and that they, in turn, may enjoy us!

People always ask, “Will my pet be in heaven?”  The Bible doesn’t give any specific reference to this question, however, Isaiah 65:25 says, “The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, but dust will be the serpent’s food. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,” says the LORD. (NIV)

God’s love is perfect and is everything it can possibly be.  He loves you and He loves His creation.

“We know that in the Bible, ultimate redemption will extend to the whole of creation: i.e. Romans 8:21—‘that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God,’” said Dr. Dale Welden, senior pastor of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. “I don’t know of a reason it would not extend to animals.” Another example is Luke 3:6, which says, “and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” In the last book of the Bible, the Revelation, Christ says, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Randy Alcorn, author of Heaven, believes that this extends to animals. In the book, he writes, “Horses, cats, dogs, deer, dolphins, and squirrels—as well as the inanimate creation—will be beneficiaries of Christ’s death and resurrection.” It seems that God meant animals to be part of His world—now and in the age to come.  There are many different theories, however…

Jesus said, “All things are possible to him who believes!”  If you believe that, then get ready for the best animal reunion in Heaven!

Want to be a part of His Kingdom?  Pray along with me!

Father, forgive me for being a sinner. I ask you to cleanse me and I ask Jesus to come into my heart and make me a new creation. Thank you Father for hearing me and loving me. Thank you for your creation and help me to love others the way you love me.  Help me to always live for you, in Jesus’ Name I pray, amen.

I hope you enjoyed the pictures (via Pinterest) ! 

 

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merry christmas!

Merry Christmas to all my friends and family!!  Today we worship Christ the King!!!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JESUS!!!!

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