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Count Your Blessings

1 Mar

This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it! (Psalm 118:24) Today I am feeling especially grateful for the wonderful people that I have in my life. I am so blessed by my friends and family. Earlier this snowy morning, one of my closest friends stopped by to drop off beautiful flowers and a sweet note.

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Her note read, “Today is March! It is the beginning of a new month! I pray that it is filled with praise. Yes, with praise!Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.’ (Habakkuk 3:17-19) Let us go on heights, together!” Wow! I am so blessed to have such loving and encouraging friends in my life.

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I also feel very blessed by my incredible husband. Tomorrow is our year and half anniversary! He is the love of my life and I am honored to be his wife. I am so thankful that God has given me such loving and inspiring people to walk through life with! What are you thankful for today?

 

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Weekly Fruit

25 Oct

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” -1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

After reading The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom instantly became one of my heroes. Corrie was greatly involved with the Jewish underground, which eventually was found out by the Nazi’s and she was thrown into a concentration camp. In the camp, she experienced immense suffering.

Corrie was an effective minister because of the joy and thankfulness that overflowed from her heart. While Corrie was in the concentration camp she experienced a lot of pain and hardship. However, she continuously thanked God. She even was able to thank God for the fleas that infested her bed. Corrie exclaims, “Give thanks in all circumstances. It doesn’t say ‘in pleasant circumstances.’ Fleas are part of this place where God has put me”. Corrie’s extreme joy and thankfulness allowed her to have high spirits, a positive attitude and an ability to encourage others, even in a concentration camp. Corrie Ten Boom’s deep faith in Jesus Christ is inspiring and motivating.

Weekly Fruit

18 Oct

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” –Philippians 4:4-7

This verse has been on my heart for weeks now. I have always struggled with anxiety and worry. I am the type of person who gets a few headaches and immediately starts to wonder if I have a brain tumor.  God has been using this verse to show me that He is bigger than any of my worries, fears, or anxieties. He is teaching me to trust Him and rejoice in every circumstance.  No matter what challenges life may bring, God is still good and has a plan for your life.

My dear friend, Melissa recently sent me this sermon. You should check it out!

Weekly Fruit

11 Oct

“You will recognize them by their fruits.” – Matthew 7:16

I recently read this verse and felt immediately humbled. The Bible tells us that the fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. When hard times hit and tempers fly, those are hardly the fruits that I produce.

When discussing the fruits of the Spirit, Hayley DiMarco writes, “The fruit of the Spirit isn’t about pleasure or pleasing self at all, but about denying self and giving all to the glory of God. It’s about needing nothing for ourselves from the fruit we produce. It’s truly unconditional, meant to serve the will of God. This fruit comes not from the goodness of our hearts but from the goodness of the Spirit of God, who lives in our hearts.”

When we become mindful of abiding in Jesus Christ and desire to respond to the Spirit’s promptings rather than to our flesh, we begin to experience a life filled with the fruit of God the Holy Spirit. What fruits are you producing? What fruits will you be recognized by?

Hello World!

8 Oct

Hello world! I am officially jumping on the blog train. Please bear with me as I attempt to figure out how this all works. I have dabbled with the idea of getting a blog for a long time, but continually resisted since I did not consider myself the “blogger type”.  The last time I had a blog, I was in 7th grade and it was a complete disaster. I had forgotten all about this blog’s existence, until my lovely brother so kindly reminded me by reading me a few excerpts from it.  Lets just say that 7th grade Brie really liked to share every single detail of her day with the world and dramatically express her emotions through icons and song lyrics.  Just hearing a few entries made me cringe.  So here I am, 10 years later, taking another stab at the blog world and hoping that this time it is not a total train wreck.  I would be so honored if you stuck around!

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