Sunday, January 29, 2006

God's Blessings

First off I apologize for not staying on top of things with this journal. I have been greatly blessed the past few weeks and I have had a hard time keeping up.

After battling a ear infection and the crud, I had to help the little ones get over it too. But, God has been faithful. My husband took time off when I was sick in bed and although it was unpaid, we will be getting our needs met anyway.

I have decided that this year I will look at the way we have been blessed rather than how we have been cursed. To start off, I wuold like to share some good news.

Little Benji had his cardiologist visit on the 24th and he is doing well. There was no change in the thickening of his aortic valve, and his blood pressure was closer together. He has a differential between his right arm and his legs. They can't take his blood pressure in his left arm because of the surgery. Benji's Pictures

Another blessing is that we had taken Josh, out 4yo, to the doctor for a sweat test, his pediatricain was afraid he had cystic fibrosis because he is SO small. The test came back negative. So praise God for that.

God is good all the time, all the time, God is good.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

All because of Christianity

An interesting thing we discussed in Sunday School this morning. Did you know that prior to the existance of Christianity, women were looked at as things? It was Jesus Christ that taught all men and women are created equal.

Jesus taught that women were to be respected and honored just as men are.


I think I am going to delve just a bit more into this tomorrow with the scripture and some more of my thoughts.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

A Touch of Inspiration

Let it go for 2006 T. D. Jakes

If you are holding on to something that doesn't belong to you and was never intended for your life, then you need to ..

If you are holding on to past hurts and pains ...

If someone can't treat you right, love you back, and see your worth...

If someone has angered you ...

If you are holding on to some thoughts of evil and revenge ..

If you are involved in a wrong relationship or addiction ...

If you are holding on to a job that no longer meets your needs or talents ..

If you have a bad attitude...

If you keep judging others to make yourself feel better...

If you're stuck in the past and God is trying to take you to a new level in Him...

If you are struggling with the healing of a broken relationship....

If you keep trying to help someone who won't even try to help themselves..

If you're feeling depressed and stressed ....

If there is a particular situation that you are so used to handling yourself and God is saying "take your hands off of it," then you need to...

Let the past be the past.
Forget the former things.
GOD is doing a new thing for 2006 !!!

Get Right or Get Left .. think about it, and then

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Life in the New Year

Happy Belated New Year! I apologize for being away fro the last couple weeks. Things with the family were busy over the Christmas holiday break and we are finally getting back to routine.

As we have come into a new year it is a remarkable time. Everything is new, it's a new year to start new things, or to finish things forgotten.

I was chatting with some friends the other day and the new year resolution tradition came up and dropped like a lead balloon when one of my friends commented, "I don't make resolutions because I know I will break them. Instead I make goals."

I was grateful somebody else besides me has the same trouble with resolutions. You sit there and say you'll lose weight, get in shape, start a budget, spend more time with the family, etc... and by March you have forgotten all about them. So, this year I am making goals. And on top of that, I am making Godly goals.

My first goal is to grow in Christ. Get closer to Him and let Him shine through my entire life. This is where I have made mistakes in the past. See, I like to jump in and then ask God if I am on the right track. My goal is to not do that this year. I want to be strong in Christ and be able to show all six of my children His awesome love.

My second goal is to get in shape and slim down. Part of getting closer to God is not having any addictions. Well, I have two major addictions. I am almost ashamed to admit it... I, Faith Johnson, am addicted to... to food and sitting around doing nothing. I know, shocking. In letting those addictions get to me and take over I am not following God's will. See as a Christian, my body is a temple of God. So, if I am cramming cookies and excess food in my mouth, I am filling God's temple with junk, then on top of that, I am just sitting around not exercising to get rid of it.

My third goal for the year is to be more family oriented. Sounds odd for a stay at home mom to say that huh? It's a problem I have though. I let getting things straightened up take precedence over spending quality time with the kids. I haven't sat and watch a movie with them in ages, that don't require much and I can't bring myself to do it. So, I want to improve that.

I know my goals can seem like things that almost everybody is doing in those resolution things, there is a difference though. Since I am a planner, I have these goals in my face until I reach them, which, I can always get closer to God and I can always be more family oriented. Even my concern with getting in shape and slimming down, it will take a conscious effort to remain healthy once I get there.

So, as you are looking over your goals and resolutions, remember that your body, as a Christian is the Temple of God.

1 Corinthians 3:16 "Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you?"

1 Corinthians 6:19 "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?"