Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Podcasts are a wonderful thing...

Living in the ginormous Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, there are many opportunities for driving long distances.  Especially if you live on the fringe of the metroplex like we do!  So my podcasts are an important way for me to pass the time, stay awake, learn something and enjoy my time on the road.  Here are some of my favorites:

1.  Wretched Podcast: Todd Friel does an awesome job of talking about daily events in and out of the church from a Biblical perspective.  His 2 hour weekday radio show is full of humor and wisdom!  He has a pithy 5-10 minute daily podcast you can get for free but if you become a Wretched Club member, you can get the entire 2 hour broadcast for free in podcast form, downloaded to your device.  Or, you can stream the broadcast live or stream anytime as the previous show is constantly streaming on a loop via the website.

2.  The Briefing: This is another great Podcast that I just recently discovered through a friend.  Usually under 30 minutes, Al Mohler discusses the day's news headlines and other "cultural conversations" happening from a Biblical worldview.  Excellent analysis, insight and a great way to start off your day!

3.  Grace to You Pulpit Podcast: This is the link to each sermon preached weekly at Grace Community (John MacArthur's church) in Southern California.  Excellent.  Period.

4.  Countryside Bible Pulpit Podcast: In a similar vein, this is the podcast from the pulpit at our church.  Most of these sermons are preached by our pastor, Tom Pennington, but it also includes guests and other pastors in the church who preach from time to time.

5.  Truth Forum:  This is a new podcast started by David Parson, founder of Truth Remains.  It focuses on topics relevant to Christians endeavoring to be faithful to Christ in the midst of a cultural whirlwind.  And he's started off with notable guests such as our pastor, Tom Pennington, John MacArthur and Al Mohler!  So of course, it's a given this a new favorite of mine!

So that rounds out my top favorite podcasts.  But I'm always looking for more!  So if you have one you love, let me know!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Lazy Horses

I love this tip from Linda Parelli on how to motivate the lazy horse.  Two in my herd come immediately to mind!  It will be fun to try this with them...

Monday, January 05, 2015

Gospel Meditations

We love our church. Have I mentioned that before? I am so thankful that God led us to Countryside Bible. One of the things the elders and pastoral staff has asked us to do as a church, is read along together in either Gospel Meditations for Women or Gospel Meditations for Men. I'm a little behind, but this was part of my reading today. This is it - in a nutshell. Our need for God, our need for a perfect Savior to be the substitute for our sinful selves. Soli Deo Gloria!


Thursday, January 01, 2015

Hello 2015!

Can I just say I relate to this commercial?



Just to keep it all in perspective and remember where my focus should be, here is a great prayer that was in my Grace Gems email this morning:

(Matthew Henry)

"My times are in Your hand!" Psalm 31:15

Firmly believing that my times are in God's hand, I here submit myself and all my affairs for the ensuing year, to the wise and gracious disposal of God's divine providence. Whether God appoints for me . . . .

health--or sickness,

peace--or trouble,

comforts--or crosses,

life--or death

--may His holy will be done!

All my time, strength, and service, I devote to the honor of the Lord Jesus--and even my common actions. It is my earnest expectation, hope, and desire, my constant aim and endeavor--that Jesus Christ may be magnified in me.

In everything I have to do--my entire dependence is upon Jesus Christ for strength. And whatever I do in word or deed, I desire to do all in His name, to make Him my Alpha and Omega. I have all from Him--and I would use all for Him.

If this should prove a year of affliction, a sorrowful year to me--I will fetch all my supports and comforts from the Lord Jesus and stay myself upon Him, His everlasting consolations, and the good hope I have in Him through grace.

And if it should be my dying year--then my times are in the hand of the Lord Jesus. And with a humble reliance upon His mediation, I would venture into the eternal world looking for the blessed hope. Dying as well as living--Jesus Christ will, I trust, be gain and advantage to me.

Oh, that the grace of God may be sufficient for me, to keep me always in a humble sense of my own unworthiness, weakness, folly, and infirmity--together with a humble dependence upon the Lord Jesus Christ for daily grace and strength.


Happy New Year!




Thursday, June 26, 2014

If People Were Horses

I came across this video from SmartPak Equine and thought I would share.  Horse people will find it humorous.  Other people…well, may think it is…strange.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Happy Day

Today is the first day of Spring Break and it is a GORGEOUS day in North Texas.  I mean gorgeous.  It's currently 76 degrees, 7 mph winds out of the south.  Such a nice reprieve from the cold front after cold front after cold front this winter that has brought us ice, snow, sleet and sub zero freezing temps!  Yes, Spring is on its way, I do believe!  

I woke up this morning and decided to take a supplement that I haven't taken in quite awhile.  One of the added benefits to this supplement is it is a good mood lifter for me.  I mean within an hour the world is a grand place, everything is coming up roses & I'm a happy girl!!  It's not over the top but a general great attitude is a wonderful side effect!

I was thinking about some of the issues we're facing as a family, pressures with work and other commitments, big projects I have yet to tackle and complete (despite setting goals for myself year after year).  Usually I can't think too long about these "problems" or I become overwhelmed.  I think it's not doable, it's not going to work, I'm going to fail, etc. etc.  But today, all my plans to address these issues seemed a good idea, a good plan, and would result in a good ending.  And I was encouraged.  

But I stopped and remembered that nothing had changed in my circumstances from yesterday.  The same problems and issues were present.  The same seemingly insurmountable trials and tribulations existed.  But my attitude was different.  My feelings were different.

And it reminded me of the study were are concluding in our Women's Bible Study at church.  We have been going through Kristie Gant's Hope in God: A Biblical Perspective for Understanding, Overcoming and Preventing Depression.  Let me just say.  It's excellent.  I mean excellent.  Even if you've never struggled with depression, it's excellent.  It's really a study of the attributes of God and is just so well written.  I've learned so MUCH!  

One of the things that has stuck with me was the section called "What Do You Know?" which addressed the fact that we must live by what we KNOW, not by what we FEEL.  Kristie writes, "Feelings are a wonderful gift from God, but I must let true, godly thoughts control how I feel, and not allow how I feel to control my thoughts…feelings respond to thoughts with little concern for what is real or true…It is interesting to note that the Bible never commands us to change our feelings.  Rather, our feelings will change as we control our thoughts in obedience to God's Word."  She quotes Matthew 22:37 which states: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your MIND.  This is the first and great commandment."  and she quotes Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy - [Let your mind] dwell on these things."  

Later she goes on to say, "If you are a believer, God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, will use His Word to change your life by transforming your thoughts.  As He transforms your thoughts, your feelings will come in line with reality.  God says over and over to guard your mind and your thoughts." She then quotes several verses, the ones which stood out to me were Lamentations 3:21-23 "Yet this I call to MIND, and therefore I have HOPE: Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness."  Romans 12:2 "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your MIND, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."

Later she says, "Thoughts are so fickle when left to themselves!  They will run from one thing to another, telling you whatever your flesh wants to hear.  And when they do so, they inevitably produce feelings that are hard to control.  When you find your thoughts running wild and untamed, you must come against those thoughts and force them out…'…casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.' 2 Corinthians 10:5  When you determine that a thought is contrary to the Word of God, put it out and tell yourself truth about God instead.  Repeat truth to yourself over and over until the thought has completely left."

This is so true!  And it hit me like a ton of bricks this morning.  I don't (or shouldn't) need a pill to change my outlook on life or my feelings. I texted this to my husband this morning and said, "I am reminded how much FEELINGS can affect my outlook.  Nothing has changed about my circumstances or about God's truths and promises.  It's just my outlook and how I FEEL.  I need to constantly remind myself of God's unchanging truth, love and promises in order to battle my constantly changing feelings."

And that's my deep thought of the day!  Ha!

So with that being said, I'll leave you with some links to some videos I posted on Instagram (and Facebook) of some of our adventures from today….hope they work!

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