Facing the Giants in our Lives!

Facing the Giants in our Lives by Rebecca Maloney

We all have giants in our lives that are hard to face and overcome. Some of our giants are scary to everyone and others of our giants are only scary to us. It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes, “Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle”. ― J.M. Barrie.
Having heard the Bible story of David and Goliath many years ago, I recall thinking well that is all fine and dandy – but we don’t have giants today so there isn’t much for me to use in this story. (I am pretty sure God laughs out loud at me sometimes!)
Then I walked thru one of hardest times in my life. I did not walk through it alone. God held my hand and changed my world. But it didn’t happen overnight. The incident was over in a few hours, but the transformation is still ongoing! In this transformation my eyes were opened to the many giants in my life! I have been grateful to have God guiding my path and winning the battles.
My giant in life is seeking medical help from a Doctor. It seems silly. It does not seem like much of a ‘battle’. But for me it is a giant. It is helping me remain humble and compassionate to other people’s giants. This too shall pass I remind myself. God is looking after me in all ways! He is looking after you too! We are His beloved children and He wants to slay our giants with us! So let’s put on our armour and seek God. Pray for wisdom, courage and strength to face your giant. Overcome your giant today!
Thank you God for strengthening us, for guiding us and forgiving us! AMEN

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Hot Springs therapy pool tested positive for pseudomonas

Terrifying! Pay attention readers- the people we trust to blow the whistle and keep us safe consider this ‘not a threat’!

From the Styx by Peggy Tibbetts

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers – Part 4

Last summer on two occasions, August 6 and August 13, 2014, the Glenwood Hot Springs therapy pool tested positive for pseudomonas aeruginosa.

This is a report of my investigation.

During the month of August, as my health condition deteriorated (see Part 1), we considered several possibilities as to what could be making me sick, including food allergies and Silt’s water. Even though I don’t drink tap water, I still shower, bathe and cook with it.

Another possibility was the Glenwood Hot Springs pool. I’ve been a member for 18 years and visit regularly 2-3 times a week. Even though in all those years I have never been sickened by the pool, we wondered if I might have picked up an e-coli infection from the hot therapy pool. A close friend had experienced stomach cramps and diarrhea…

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Multitude of Counselors

Multitude of Counselors

The Bible encourages us to seek the advice of wise counselors. Proverbs 11:14 states, “Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” The word translated “counsel” is a Hebrew nautical term used for steering a ship. The wisdom of godly advisors can help steer us in the right direction.
Are you facing a crisis? A truly wise person is open to the counsel and insight of others. Why not prayerfully seek the advice of some godly believers today?
When a crisis looms before you,
Don’t face it on your own;
Seek advice from godly counsel,
And take it to God’s throne. —Sper
If you seek wise counsel you multiply your chances for sound decisions

My garden is blooming!

I have spent many seasons of my life feeling dead and unfruitful but my seasons have changed now.  This year lots of things have withered and left my life which has been like the seed pod falling off, sleeping, reseeding and blooming in such wonderous ways it is hard to describe. I feel a fountain welling up inside of me, ready to flow out and bless others.

I reached out to set up having a tea party for a dear friend of mine.  I thought if the cafe would agree to the party they would fill the place with other ladies who enjoy tea parties.  It turns out that they thought I would provide the ladies and they would provide the food and tea.  But they did not have teapots or teacups.

Originally I was going to shop around and find teapots that I would let them use, since I have no teapots myself.  I did not think it possible for me to afford to provide 32 teacups so decided to just worry about teapots and we would use their coffee cups.  I received a call from one of the ladies coming who invited another lady whose mother wanted to come and loan teapots!  What a blessing because I had failed in finding any teapots, getting so busy trying to fill all the seats!!   Then the kind lady I was trying to bless with setting this up offered up teapots and I knew this was going to be a joint effort the culminated in lots of ladies being blessed.

I called “Kinkie” and set up to meet her.  We sat at her kitchen table and she told me the stories of her teapots.  One was a wedding present and others came from great friends and family throughout the years.  I did not get to see her special teapot.  The one she bought for her foster mother with the first paycheck she earned.  She retrieved it back when her foster mom passed away.  She kindly said she would not have sent it for this tea party, it was too special to chance it breaking.  But one of her daughters told her she would like to have a teapot.  She wrapped it up with tears and sent it to her.  Her husband told her she didn’t have to give it away, especially since she was crying.  Her daughter opened it when she received it and called crying.  She told her mom, I said I wanted ‘a teapot’ not ‘the teapot’.  They cried together so happy that the teapot had a new home, loved and held close to the heart of the next generation.

Kinkie and I talked about ladies, finishing school and love this afternoon.  Then Kinkie asked me if there were teacups for the tea party.  I said not this one.  The cafe does not have any and if this party goes well we may invest in tea cups for other teas.  She then showed me her teacups and asked me to please take them and use them.  I said Kinkie, they are beautiful and we can not replace them if something happens to them.  I can’t take your sets.  I can make sure the teapots get back to you but fine china cups, I am too clumsy let alone a room full of people.  She then said to me words that filled me deeply and made me want to pour out for others.

She said most of these have been given by a friend.  When they come over we sit over tea while I encourage them in whatever they are going thru.  We can NOT have a tea party without tea cups!  Tea in coffee cups just won’t do!!  If a cup or two get broken I will not be bothered at all.  I insist you take them and allow them to make your party a success!  I will get so much joy from seeing them being used and making people happy.  She told me, my daughter said no Mom, they are too precious I don’t want you to loan them out.  Kinkie told her daughter, they are a cup and a saucer- if one less there is no matter.  The only thing I don’t want to live without is my children.  We wrapped cups and saucers together as she told me stories about her life.  The outpouring of love I received this afternoon has bloomed something deep within me.  I will be returning her cups, saucers and teapots as soon as the tea is over.  I will be blessed to put each one up in its spot for her to share with another stranger or friend.

I pray I am able to pour love, friendship and kindness out to each and every person tomorrow as well as Kinkie poured them into me today.  May God reign over our tea tomorrow and smile.

I am like Peter.

God laughed at her because He saw both sides. We cried because we are both more like Peter than we want to be. Proud of this daughter who is walking through some HUGE parenting challenges. Blessed that she seeks wise counsel and God for herself and her family.

Perceptions by One

It pains me to admit that I am like Peter. If someone asked me which disciple I most thought I was like, it would have never been Peter.

Peter denied Jesus.

I would never do that.

I would never behave like the Israelites.

I would never forget the goodness, glory, righteousness, grace, love, provision, healing that comes from God. No way, no how. I have the things in my own life that remind me, and the Bible serves as a fantastic reminder of just how amazing our God is. I would never deny Him, would I?

Today, Pastor called me. I cannot express in words how thankful I am for his call and his prayers. We are facing some parenting challenges, and it was nice to hear from not only a parent who has gone before me, but also a man of God, and to know I’m not alone. He…

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Grace and Mercy

Giving Grace and Mercy by Rebecca Maloney

The last two weeks have portrayed to me the importance of pouring out to others what God so kindly gives to us. God on a daily basis shows me mercy and grace. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23. Frankly each time I sin I deserve death yet God shows me mercy and grace.
Two weeks ago throughout the week I was irritated by nearly every delivery I ‘had’ to make. I failed to offer grace or mercy to anyone throughout my work day and by the time Friday arrived I wasn’t sure I even still wanted my job.
This last week I began my week by awaking early Monday and spending time with God reading His word. I then began to offer grace and mercy at every stop I made. The clients were nicer, the packages lighter and by the time Friday arrived I happily did almost 15 extra stops. I realized that by clenching onto my frustration and not allowing grace and mercy to flow through me to others ‘my’ grace and mercy became stagnant and it was not helping me either.
So although my plan was to be gracious and merciful to each person I crossed paths with last week and help them ~ I learned I actually helped myself more than I helped anyone! Not being stagnant and stale helps me want to serve God in better ways. I encourage everyone to pour out to others what God has filled you with. See the miraculous ways it makes your life more peaceful and fulfilled! Let none of us be stagnant, even when it is difficult give grace to the store clerks, the rude drivers, the person upset with you-
Be the change we want to see in our world!

Identity in Christ

What is your identity in Christ? By Rebecca Maloney

John 3:16 King James Version (KJV)
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
He chose me. He chose you. He loves us and wants the best of everything for us. Too many people are living the lie that they are not good enough, not loved, not wanted or ____________. We must replace that lie that we believe with we are the sons and daughters of the Most High God! That means we are good enough, we are loved, we are wanted and ____________. When we sow God’s truth into ourselves our lives begin to grow, stretch and blossom Godly fruits in every area of our lives. The lies that got pulled out like the weeds they were can no longer control us, run our lives amuck and destroy us! As children of the Most High God our identity is firmly established as heirs to the throne of God. What happens in this world becomes less significant because we are from heaven!
Take time this week to write down any lies you believe about yourself and pray to God what the truth really is. You are His child and he sees you in perfection!! Replace that lie and walk as the prince/princess that you really are! I challenge each reader to look into your bathroom mirror everyday this next month and say to yourself “I Love You”. Let that kindness soak in. Let it heal your hurts. Let that love blossom and grow into loving others. Be the change that we want to see in the world! Each time one of those lies tries to creep into your thoughts- take it captive and remind yourself “I Love You”.