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I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live,
but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body,
I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
~ Galatians 2:20 ~

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:
The old has gone, the new is here!
~ 2 Corinthians 5:17 ~

So Excited

Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you,
with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms
and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
Colossians 3:16

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering,
for He who promised is faithful;
and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds,
not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some,
but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
Hebrews 10:23-25

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I am so excited!! I finally got some time to update links on my site and categorize them so they are more helpful to those who desire to dig deeper in to the Word of God and for those who need a little more inspiration and accountability to make it through the coming year (I know I do!!).  There are links just for women and some for the men, as well as links that everyone can enjoy.  Take some time to check them out and let me know what you think. Also, if you have any great sites or blogs that enrich your spiritual journey, please, please let me know as I would like to continue to build resources for those in need.

Blessings and I hope you find the links useful and encouraging!
In Christian love ❤

Who Are You??

You are not what you label yourself to be for you are your own worst critic
You are not what others label you either for they don’t know who you are
You ARE what GOD says you ARE for HE created YOU

YOU ARE —

Chosen — John 15:16-19, Ephesians 1:4
Loved — Romans 5:8, 1 John 4:10, John 3:16-17
Righteous — 2 Corinthians 5:21
Forgiven — 1 John 1:9, Proverbs 28:13, Ephesians 1:7
Holy — Hebrews 10:10, John 17:19
New — 2 Corinthians 5:17
God’s Child — Isaiah 43:1, John 1:12, Romans 8:15-17

Related Links:
What Does the Bible Say About Me?
What God Says About Me!
Who Does God Say that I Am?
Why Are You Special?

Simplify Your Life

And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you?
He requires only that you fear the LORD your God,
and live in a way that pleases him,
and love him and serve him with all your heart and soul.
And you must always obey the LORD’s commands
and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good.
~ Deuteronomy 10:12-13

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Simplify Your Life

Running around in circles
Chasing rules that never seem to end
Holding tight to expectations
Letting life wear you down

Burning out trying to live by the Law
Is God that hard to please?
Are you frustrated by requirements?
Trying so hard to be good

Relax, rest, renew
God knows the flesh and the heart
Perfection will never be gained
His expectations are more simple than that

Fear Him for who He is
Creator of the universe, beginning and the end
Love Him before all others
Stand in awe of His Holy name

Live in a way that pleases Him
Following His word not the world
Give love, mercy, grace, forgiveness
Focus on the eternal prize

Love the Lord with all your heart
Let Him love you in return
Share His love with all you encounter
Be the light He created you to be

Serve Him heart and soul
Set your goals upon the Kingdom
Put others before yourself
Love others like you have never loved before

Obey His commands
These three remain: faith, hope, love
Encompassing all the laws in only one word
LOVE

Related Articles:

Journey through God’s Love – Introduction
Journey through God’s Love – Part 1
Journey through God’s Love – Part 2
Journey through God’s Love – Part 3
Journey through God’s Love – Part 4

Inspiring and Beautiful!

Music is indeed the melody of my heart. It brings me hope, inspires, fills me with joy, and even convicts me at times. In the realm of contemporary Christian music, I enjoy listening and being absorbed by the lyrics which can bring me ever closer to the foot of the cross.

However, it is rare for me to find an artist that rips the heart, tears the boundaries of the soul, and exposes the sin that exists in this mortal, weakened flesh. I stumbled across Johnathan Thulin today, downloading one of his songs, Architecture, to my “Songs that Inspire” page, but I did not stop there. I watched several more of his videos, which are not only music videos, but a story or journey if you will. As I watched and let the lyrics fall upon my ears, I felt an emotional intensity that I have not felt in a while, thus I share them with you.

Deep thoughts to ponder! May you be blessed…all my love ❤

Wow! Versatile blogging award…Thanks.

My appreciative thanks to booklovers1 for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award.  I am honored that you thought of my site as inspiring, loving, and encouraging, and I pray that God continues to move through us both to bring His word, His light, and His love into the lives of others around the world.

I love that these awards allow us to branch out, share our sites with others, and help build our community, however, I have it on my heart to make this an award free blog after completing this award so kindly offered by booklovers1!   God has a way of bringing people to the Journey with God blog when he wants them here, so I leave the growth of this site to him.  With that said, if I have nominated you and you are able to participate, that will be wonderful.  If you are not, I totally understand, but wanted to let you know that you have inspired me, bringing joy, peace, and comfort to my heart, and often times convicting me to go the extra mile and be exactly what God calls me to be.  God bless and keep you 🙂

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** RULES **

–  Display the Award Certificate on your blog.
–  Write a post and link back to the blogger who nominated you.
–  Nominate 15 other bloggers.
–  Inform them of their nomination via comment on their blog.
–  Post 7 interesting things about yourself

** Sites that Inspire and Renew **

Settled in Heaven          Single Focus          A Mike for Christ          The Teen Theme

Christian Poetry          Beauty through Ashes          The River Walk          Life Reference

The Father’s Heart          This Day with God          Prayers and Promises          Kriz Summer

Just Happened Upon This          King of Kings Blog          Finding My Inner Courage

Now 7 interesting things about me…..hmmmmm?!?   Okay, here goes….

#1 I don’t like thinking of things that are interesting about myself or that I am good at.  I feel like I am bragging or being weird 🙂

#2 I so love the singing, especially worship and contemporary Christian songs, as they bring me great joy and enable me to rest at the feet of Jesus!  And, yes I sing in the shower….always sounds better in the shower!

#3 I love reading, but hardly ever finish a book before I start another one.  I must have more unfinished books on my bookshelf; some I only have a few chapters left in, but I get bored and then start a new one, forgetting to go back to the other later.  Sounds like I need to work on completing those before I buy any new ones….wow!

#4 I was saved when I was 16, of my own fruition since my family was not dedicated to any particular church and did not go regularly.  However, it was not until my divorce 12 years ago that I really found out who God was!  That was the most amazing point in my life: to know that God wasn’t just some higher power that orchestrated events in my life and answered my prayers now and again.  No, I came to know God on a very intimate level, learning that he was my lifeline, my help, my comfort, my rock, my provision, my security, my friend, my lover, my husband, my all in all!!  I have so enjoyed growing in his word, learning how to apply it to my life.  It is through my deep-rooted relationship with God that I am able to share his faith, grace, forgiveness, mercy, and love with all who come into my life, including my wonderful 14-year-old son, who is just now beginning to discover who God really is in his own life…no longer riding mom’s idea of God, but developing his own which is so great to watch!  God is sooooo good!

#5 A quick fact, the first thing most people notice about me is my smile and the fact that I am about 5’11” and with heels on I typically stand at 6’1″. Now my 14-year-old son is 6’2″ looking down at me as I now look up at him, even when I have heels on…dang it!!  Gotta love it when your kids outgrow you!  I am still amazed at how fast the time has flown and how quickly he has grown, but I praise God for the honor and privilege of being a parent for there is no greater glorious gift in my eyes!

#6 I am a native Florida girl who is now a California girl, via some travel through Europe along the way…though my roots are still as southern as they get with family in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Kentucky (none in Cali).  Funny fact though….my southern accent only comes out when I am mad or frustrated, hence the reason I think my friends get a kick out of me when I get angry or frustrated!!  At least they don’t aggravate me on purpose so they can hear it…thank God.

#7  I am an RSP teacher, also known as an Education Specialist, who works with students with special needs.  I absolutely love my job…sans the paperwork…and look forward to working with my students everyday!  I learn so much through the eyes of the children I work with, and I have a new appreciation and wonder for life that is found through hopeful innocence of children.  Children are indeed precious to the Lord and I am so blessed to be working with them everyday.  Matthew 18:1-5 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them.  And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

Whew…I did it!  I told you some interesting (or what I think are interesting) things about me.  If you want to know anything else, I will do my best to answer you if you ask (within reason of course 🙂 )

God bless and keep you and may your Christmas be filled with cheerful family moments and peaceful time with the Lord who gave His all just for you! ❤

Something old, new, borrowed, and blue :-)

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No, I am not referring to a wedding, but rather my blog!  There are always old posts, favorites that get looked at repeatedly.  Then there are things borrowed, pictures (with references of course!), videos (with credit to the artists), and even reblogging of posts from other sites that really encouraged me, which I wanted to pass along to you.  I have also changed my theme to a blue background.  I so love my “bouquet” theme, and just can’t seem to find another that I like so much, and the blue one seemed to fit better with the cold of winter!!

But perhaps the most exciting thing is that I have learned something new: how to create more pages….YAY!  Thanks to Settled in Heaven Ministries  for some direction on creating pages and extending menus.   There are now some new sections, or pages if you will, on my site (with more to come!!).   Check out the Quotes for the Journey page filled with inspirational quotes from scripture, famous people, and readers like you.   I also created a Songs that Inspire page on the menu bar, which is a place to share music links and videos that bring joy  and peace to the heart, reminding you how much you are loved and that God is in control even when you feel lost or out of control.  I hope to be able to update them daily, so please stop by and check them out off and on throughout the week.  If you have any quotes or songs you would like to share, please let me know and I will get them up as I am able.

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I am so very excited for this new chapter in my blogging journey!  Any feedback is greatly desired and will help me bring God’s word, his light and his love, to all who visit!

God bless and keep you, and may your journey be filled with the grace and beauty of God! 🙂