Thursday, August 27, 2009

Daily Verse: Proverbs 16:3

Proverbs 16:3

Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.


This verse has been with me for a couple of weeks. Every time I open my Bible it jumps out at me. I am committing it to my life and my works to Him and my thoughts have been established...not too worrisome or frantic, just peace that all will work out eventually.


Dwell refreshed!

Simple Pleasures

Have you stopped today to partake in life's simple pleasures? Such as snuggling with a child and spending a few precious moments that will turn into a lifetime memory for that child? Have you ever pondered the sunset spread across the sky in glorious color? How about the fresh from the garden produce that you slice and eat...just off the vine.

Here is my simple pleasure from today:

Fresh tomato salad for 1

1 fresh off the vine tomato, sliced
1 green onion, chopped (fresh picked if possible)
2-3 pinches garlic powder
2-3 pinches ground oregano
3-4 pinches dill weed
2-3 tsp vinegar

Spread tomato slices on plate, cover with green onion bits; sprinkle with the pinches of herbs and spices; drizzle with vinegar. If you desire a quick drizzle of olive oil would be great with this also.



Dwell refreshed!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Everything and Nothing



It has been almost two weeks since I have posted. First my computer had a Trojan...from the same place that took my $$ (which was returned...thanks to my great bank!) most likely, which prevented my accessing the Internet. Since it has been fixed, thanks to my youngest brother, I have been working at getting some things completed. I never realized how dependant I have become on the Internet until it wasn't available. I am so grateful for a brother who knows enough about computer to fix things

I am so blessed not to have broken my ankle a couple of weeks ago. The water main in our yard was the culprit. The lid wasn't on completely and (at night) when I was walking across the yard, my foot slipped in and scraped up the back. If I hadn't kept my balance (angels working overtime!!) I would have broke my ankle. If my foot had been any smaller, it would probably have slipped in further and I would have fallen and broken my ankle or even my leg. I am so blessed to have just walked, well...limped would be better...away with a scratch.


The hole


The result


Today, I had a job interview...
Interview...that was a laugh. It was a testing session. What I don't understand is when the Employment agency tests me, why do I need to go "test" at the company...

Oh well, I survived it and hopefully I will get the job!


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All three of my brothers had birthdays this month (this past week). Joe on the 18th, Casey on the 22nd and Jim on the 24th. Happy Birthday to them!

On the 23rd, our family grew again when my cousin had her first, a girl. She is such a beauty! I can't wait to meet her in person!


Congratulations to the family.


Dwell refreshed!


Thursday, August 13, 2009

Frustration....

FRUSTRATED!!!

With people I live with. Grrrrrr. It never stops. Do certain persons understand that the constant (and I mean never-ending) negativity is so overwhelming? There is no relief.

I am trying hard to not let this situation sabotage my control; most days I do okay. Today...it could go either way!

I just am beyond knowing what to do. Next week, if I don't have a new job I am starting, I may just run away for a day or so. Give myself a break!

Daily Verse: Isaiah 40:28-31; Psalm 121:3-4; Hebrews 6:(17)-18

Isaiah 40:28-31

28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fail;
31 But they that wail upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Psalm 121:3-4

3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep

Hebrews 6:(17)-18

17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:
18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:



He does not faint
He is weary
He does not sleep
He never slumbers
He can not lie


Such promises to remember!!

Jesus, refresh my mind with the promises of you watching out for me.



Dwell refreshed



Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Daily Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6

Proverbs 3:5-6

5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.




Trust...

(\) our own understanding...

Acknowledge...

ALL...



Directed!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Re: Job Interview

I had a message on my phone last night, which I didn't get until this morning. It was the temporary agency calling to say they have a job interview for me. I go in on Friday morning. It is with an insurance agency, but the sell health. That is okay by me; I wanted to learn it eventually. I think the best way to learn is hands on.

Daily Verse: Proverbs 18:10

Proverbs 18:10


The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.


At my church, we sing a chorus with these words; every time we sing it, it gets stuck in my head...which isn't a bad thing...it is a favorite chorus of mine.

This morning, while I was reading this verse and meditating on it, the following went through my head and I wanted to share it.



Wall of protection,
surround me
Hear my voice, O Lord
enemies encamp about me
Danger is lurking in the way
guide my footsteps as you promise
teach me each and every day

Your blessing glorious
provide for me
until the end when you say
'Come away'

I run to you
no problem too big or too small
in Your infinite wisdom and power
You answer before I call.



Dwell refreshed

Monday, August 10, 2009

Hacked ATM cards and Interesting phone calls...

I received an interesting phone call tonight.

The story starts several weeks ago while job hunting online. I found a work at home program that seemed legit. I read it several times before I purchsed the $2 information CD. Well, 3 weeks later I have this $50.00 charge show up on my bank account. I called the bank, found out it was this place that had hacked my ATM card and was placing bogus amounts on my account. I immediately closed that ATM card and I have another one on the way. I had to call back the next day because they couldn't open the claim until the amount actually posted. Come to find out, this charge came from Great Britian and so I was charged a "foreign transfer fee" in addition to the other amount.

When I called back, I opened the claim and my great bank has been so helpful through this. So tonight, my phone rang (I thought it was Jimmy calling me, so I answered). The guy started talking and after he said where he was calling from, I didn't say much. He kept trying to get me to agree to "work" for them. I told him I was not interested and that I had found something better ("legal" also...) and just wasn't interested. He was trying to get me to say that I needed help with my "business" that I was starting, but I told him I had all the help I needed within my family. When he again pursued and pressed why I wasn't interested, I told him that when I looked over the information it was just something I wasn't interested in and that when I had a $50 charge show up on my bank account, that just sealed the deal. I also told him I had already taken care of it at the bank and that the charges were reversed...it was then that I heard it...


"Click"


Yep...he had hung up on me. Good ridance.

Moral of the story....stick to legit...Ebay, Overstock.com, Target.com, Etc.

When looking for work...CalJobs (California), OfficeTeam, Monster.com, HotJobs.com, Etc


I've learned my lesson!!!



Dwell refreshed.

Hospital Visits

My grandmother is in the hospital. She went in on Saturday, 8/8 with chest pains. On Saturday morning, before church, my uncle, the one she lives with, called my mom to say that my grandma had been having chest pains all night.

I gave a prayer request note to my pastor when I arrived at church. At the beginning of the worship service, he announced a couple of urgent prayer requests...my grandmother being one of them. She had came to church and after he told her it was great to have her at church, she announced to the congretation that she was still having chest pains. I went out and found a phone; called my mom and uncle. He drove to the church and picked her up and took her to the hospital. Now, for those of you who don't know my grandmother, she isn't one to do what others want AND she has an extreamly high pain tolerance. She accused my uncle of calling my mom and I told her that he did not, that I was the one who called her...and I called him. I told her, nicely, that she had to go to the hospital. After one childish gesture, she walked out with no problems. She was in that much pain.

Come to find out she had been having chest pains for several days and was waiting for them to be over before she called the doctor. She has been in the hospital since Sat. The doctor's still don't know what is exactly going on with her. On Saturday, they thought a heart attack, but the test were negative; then she was tested for a blood clot in her lungs (she had heart surgery in May, this being the cause of the clot), but the CAT scan they gave her also came back negative for a blood clot. The ER Doctor admitted her to the hospital...she was NOT happy about that, but he and the family didn't give her a choice. He wanted her doctor to look at her.

Dr. Hoff (primary care dr) and her heart doctor both have seen her today and are putting her through a good deal of tests because they can't find what is causing the chest pains. After having a difficult night (called the dr at 4am to get medicine for her), she says that she is doing better tonight. Of course, being in the hospital, she is on pain medicine and oxygen constantly, so that is some of what is helping her pain. The doctors are saying that everything points to a heart attack, but the tests are showing nothing.

Hopefully they will find something quite soon!!!


Daily Verse: Colossians 2:10

Colossians 2:10

And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:






complete in Him...what more is there to say?


Dwell refreshed.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Daily Verse: I Peter 1:6-9 (1-9)

1 Peter 1:6-9

6 Wherein you greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:

7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.



I studied this passage a while back, verse 6 was the verse I didn't understand. I googled it and found a Wesley sermon on "manifold temptations". I sat down one day with a concordance, dictionary, the sermon and my Bible and this is what I got out of the study:


A) A few facts (verses 1-9)
1) were believers (verses 5, 7, 9)
2) already had peace (verse 2)
3) still had hope (verse 3)
4) had joy unspeakable and full of glory (verse 8)

B) Vocabulary
1) Heaviness:
a) strong sorrow & grief "sunk deep in the soul"; inward affliction
2) Manifold:
a) many in number and many different kinds

C) Possible "manifold temptations"
1) health issues/illnesses
2) poverty
3) death of a loved one
4) unsaved family/friends and those who profess a belief but are living in sin/allowing sin in their life
5) Satan/evil/fiery darts
6) God withdrawing (due to our sin; grieve the Holy Spirit, pride, not doing good, slothfulness, etc)
7) personal reflection (knowledge of our self) of sin in our lives & where we would be without salvation (including inbred sin and total corruption)
D) Conviction of sins (#6 & 7 above)
1) heaviness (in wilderness rejoicing) is different from darkness (total loss of joy, no peace, no love of God, separated from God)
2) is permitted for our own good (verse 7, also 1 Peter 4:12-19)
a) trial of our faith
b) faith is purified
* strengthened
* confirmed
* increased (abundantly)
c) hope is increased (same as faith, above)
d) love is increased
e) rejoice
f) holiness (of)
* heart
* conversation
g) heart purified (from)
> pride
> self-will
> passion
> love of the world
> foolish & hurtful desires
> vile & vain affections
3) Example to others in & through our struggles
a) soul calm & serene in midst of storms
b) sorrowful, yet always rejoicing
c) meekly accepting the will of God (however grievous it may be to us)
d) in loss or want... the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD (Job 1:21b)


Heaviness

  • in wilderness rejoicing
  • there sometimes is a need for heaviness in our life (not necessarily for all persons; can be for a season)


vs. Darkness
  • loss of total joy
  • no love of/with God
  • no peace
  • never a need for darkness
  • can be fallen into, even after forgiveness of sins




Prayer:

Lord,

As your will permits, heaviness in my life. Teach me to wait upon you without fainting and with peace, hope & joy unspeakable.
Increase my faith through any heaviness I may go through, confirm my hope & perfect me in all holiness.
Purify me, both flesh and spirit.

In your Blessed Name, Amen




Dwell refreshed!



Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Looking for work

Today I went to an employment agency (temp agency) and filled out all the paperwork, took the tests in hopes that within a few days/weeks I will be working again. If nothing else I will be doing data entry...the second worst job for me. The first being reception work.

Just because you are good at something doesn't mean that you enjoy doing it. Well, for a paycheck, I'll have to figure something out!!



Daily Verse: Philippians 4:4

Philippians 4:4

Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice


Joy. An expression of the heart; something no one can take away. It is knowing salvation. It is giving of yourself to those who really need it. It is savoring each moment in your heart; it is knowing that through tribulations we are being changed.

JOY:

J Jesus 1st
O Others 2nd
Y Yourself last


Rejoice today and dwell refreshed.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Daily Verse: Psalm 91:4-6

Psalm 91:4-6

4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be they shield and buckler.
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.


When you are afraid these are the verses to go to. It is a promise of His being with us no matter what is going on around us. If you have children, it is a promise that He will care for His own, no matter the time and place.

Dwell refreshed.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Daily Verse: Psalm 90:12

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.


How is your wisdom today? Do you apply yourself, knowing that there is limited time on earth? Take some time today to reprioitize your life, put your most important things first and deal with the rest after. Tell the people in your life that you care about them and that you appreciate them. Visit a housebound person, give them a bit of cheer today.


Dwell refreshed.