Faith Spilling Over… Into Everyday Life


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Tomorrow: A Fresh Start and New Mercies

Great is His faithfulnessWhat do you do when you have days that leave you undone? Do you let discouragement get you down or do you hang on to hope?

Recently I had a doozy of a day. It was deadline day for a story I wanted to submit in hopes for publication. When the electricity was cut at 10:00 a.m., I didn’t think much about it. In our Middle Eastern city, this is a common occurrence.

The thing is, when the electricity goes, so does the water! (And of course, the internet.)

I took a break from home school to cook lunch, and by 1:00 p.m. we had stacks of dirty dishes and pots on the counter. Still no electricity or water. We started getting cranky due to discomforts like not being able to wash our hands. ( I’ll spare you the details about not being able to flush toilets!)

When I found out that the electricity cut was nationwide, I began to panic. My computer battery was low. How could I revise my article? How could I send it with no internet? Why had I waited until the deadline?

In faith, I started editing and re-writing my article after homeschool. I snapped my laptop shut before totally exhausting the battery, and took off to find a cafe with generator power where I might use the internet to submit my story.

I went to three places and couldn’t find internet. Had my hours of work been in vain? By nightfall we went to a restaurant to eat dinner, and got home to light candles. I left the house at 8:30 p.m. to try one more place where I might find internet connection.

Finally at 9:30 I sent my article, and when I got home we had lights and running water again. I fell into bed that night exhausted, hoping for a better day tomorrow.

No matter what a day brings, we can hang onto hope.

Maybe you’ve had some challenging days yourself lately. Take heart. Tomorrow brings a new start and a new chance to see God’s faithfulness. No matter what happens today, we can trust our loving, powerful Savior with tomorrow. God has everything under control.

“Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.”  (Lamentations 3:23)

 

If you blow up at your kids today, apologize. Tomorrow God will give you a do-over.

If you failed again today, tomorrow brings a fresh start and forgiveness when you confess your sin.

If problems overwhelm you today, tomorrow brings a fresh opportunity to see God work.

If you’re worried today, tomorrow brings a new chance to trust God and receive His peace by faith.

If you’re suffering depression today, tomorrow brings the hope of renewal.

“Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.” (Psalm 30:5)

 

No matter what the day brings, we can hang on to hope. Tomorrow brings another chance to see God’s faithfulness and receive new mercies.

Now it’s your turn: what comes to your mind when you think of tomorrow?

I’m linking up with Kate Motaung’s Five Minute Friday. Writers all around the world join in a flash mob of free writing. Five minutes. No editing. This week’s prompt is “Tomorrow.” Join us over at Kate’s place for fun and encouragement.

Also joining with Grace & Truth, and The Weekend Brew.

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Waking Up on the Right Side of the Bed!

Waking Up on the Right Side of the Bed!What’s the first thought that pops into your head when the alarm goes off in the morning? Have you ever noticed how your first thoughts carry over into the rest of your day? When my alarm rings, it takes a few minutes for my brain to shake off the slumber. But by the time I crowbar myself out of bed, thoughts start popping up:

  • Wow, is it already morning? 
  • Do I really have to go walking?
  • I can’t believe he said that yesterday.
  • How can I get my kids to do their chores?

I grope down the hall to the kitchen and the hope of coffee.  Some mornings, the voices of the world sneak up on me quick, like yesterday’s to-do list half undone, or my afternoon dentist appointment.

Our first thoughts in the morning set the tone for our day.

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Blog Break and My Favorite Posts

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My family and I leave today for an exciting 6 day trip. We’re going to Budapest and Vienna! I’m excited because we’ve dreamed for years about taking a trip like this. We’re praying that God will give us a blessed family time and that we’ll make lots of memories together.

I’ll be take a blogging and social media break until April 14th. Until then, here are some links to some of my favorite posts from the past few months of Faith Spilling Over. These are posts I’ve had most fun writing, or that meant the most to me. You might check one out if you missed it. Until April 14th!

Love,

Betsy

Three Secrets for hanging on to Joy

Three Secrets for Hanging onto Joy

 

glory in your mundane

Finding Glory in Your Mundane

 

dearest love letter

Our Dearest Love Letter and Greatest Treasure

 

closer marriage

Four Keys to a Closer Marriage

 

 


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Preaching Good News to Ourselves

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When I was a girl, my parents watched the six o’clock news when they got home from work, and they went to bed after the ten o’clock news. Now we get our news round the clock from CNN, Fox, BBC, and Al Jazeera. We can get news updates 24-7 on our televisions, computers, and iphones.

Most of it isn’t good news: airplane crashes, hostage takings, war in the Middle East, and the latest virus. All that bad news can make us forget the Good News that never changes.

We easily overlook the Good News, the Best News ever, because it’s not new. It’s over 2,000 years old, and it hasn’t changed. We don’t get the Good News from CNN. We get it from God’s Word:

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What bad news are you dealing with in your life today?

Maybe things haven’t turned out like you expected. You didn’t get the new job you hoped for. Your house still hasn’t sold. Your toddler’s sick, or your teen is hurting. Someone you love has cancer.

Your good news is greater: “God so loved{your name}that He gave his one and only Son, that {your name} shall not perish but have eternal life.”

The Good News is that Jesus Christ died and rose again. He won the victory over sin and death.

We have to hold on to that Good News. We can get Good News updates daily by going to God’s Word. We need to share the good news with the people around us who are trapped into thinking bad news is all there is.

We have to preach the Good News to ourselves every morning:

My sins are paid for. I’m forgiven and free.

Because of Jesus’ death, I have abundant life now and eternal life forever.

I’m not alone. The Holy Spirit lives in me.

I have hope. No problem is too big for God.

I have joy because in God’s presence is fullness of joy. (Ps. 16:11)

My Savior has won the victory, and He is coming back.

I have Good News to share with others today.

Let’s celebrate the Gospel this Easter! Christ has risen! And that means Good News for you and me.

I’m linking up with Kate Motaung’s Five Minute Friday. Writers all around the world join in a flash mob of free writing. Five minutes. No editing. This week’s prompt is “Break.” Join us over at Kate’s place for fun and encouragement.

Also joining with Grace & Truth, and The Weekend Brew.

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A Wake-Up Call from God

Wake Up Call from God

When a simple headache suddenly became life-threatening, God gave me a wake-up call.

I was in the kitchen making lunch, when I realized I’d had the same nagging headache all morning. Absent mindedly I reached into the cabinet for some pain reliever and poured a glass of water. For some reason, the pill didn’t go down. When I coughed, it came back up and lodged in my windpipe. I couldn’t breathe. I tried coughing it out, but that pill didn’t budge. Continue reading


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Feel tired? Take a Break!

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Even Jesus took a break once in a while. Or at least He encouraged His disciples to. In Mark 6, so many people were coming and going that the disciples didn’t even have a chance to eat. Does that sound familiar?

We women can get so busy with multi-tasking that we hardly take time to eat. We answer e-mails, go to meetings, and rush to get things done while we talk on the phone at work. Work-at-home moms answer email and finish projects while home schooling or cooking lunch. Then we run out to carpool our kids and do errands. Some days if feels like we hardly have time to take a potty break, let alone eat!

We all need to stop and take a break once in a while.

When I worked as a secretary years ago, coffee break was an institution. Everyone sat down at 10:30 a.m. and at 3:30 p.m. for 15 minutes to chat over coffee or a soft drink. Now that I’ve been a stay at home mom for years, I have no idea how many working people take regular coffee breaks.

 I do know this: I wish I had the discipline of taking regular breaks in my day!

Taking regular breaks adds balance to life. Taking a break gives us a chance to breathe, to clear our minds, and get a few minutes of physical and mental rest. We can take a break because we trust God will help us accomplish what we need to when it’s time to get back to work.

The next time you feel tired, how about taking a break?

  • Take a power nap.
  • Listen to music.
  • Drink a cup of tea.
  • Sit down to read your Bible or pray.
  • Put your feet up.
  • Grab 15 minutes with a good book.
  • Call a friend for a quick update.
  • Go outside and walk around the block.

You’ll feel better when it’s time to return to work. If Jesus took a break once in a while, I think we can too!

Now it’s your turn: Do you take regular breaks from work? What do you like to do?

I’m linking up with Kate Motaung’s Five Minute Friday. Writers all around the world join in a flash mob of free writing. Five minutes. No editing. This week’s prompt is “Break.” Join us over at Kate’s place for fun and encouragement.

Also joining with Grace & Truth, and The Weekend Brew.

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More Spring in our Step and in our Hearts

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Spring ushers in welcome changes after dark, icy winter. When I behold sunny blue skies and budding trees, it brings a new bounce to my step.  But where I live, spring is slow in coming. Yesterday we had a gorgeous sunny day; today however, overcast skies drizzle down gray. I’m reminded that my heart could use a bit of spring too.

If you’re like me, months of cloudy skies and fewer daylight hours can bring on a case of the doldrums. I’m ready to sweep out the cobwebs of winter and celebrate new life and renewal this spring. How about joining me?

 6 Ways to Get More Spring in our Hearts:

 Get Outside

Going outdoors for a walk in the sunshine lifts my spirits. Now is the perfect time to take a family hike or go on a weekend picnic. Make it easy. Even if it’s just picking up Egg McMuffins at the drive through and eating breakfast in the park on a Saturday, it’s still a picnic!

Get Physical

It’s time to rev up our sluggish metabolisms and maybe shed a few extra pounds that piled on while we were homebound. (That’s for me.) Join a gym, or better yet, take your exercise routine outside.

Bring Nature Inside

Cut a few blooming branches or sprigs of new growth off of a tree and bring them into the house. Buy a grocery store pot of bulbs or a bouquet of spring flowers. Make a DYI terrarium or a mini succulent garden for your living room.

Tackle Spring Projects

A small spring cleaning project, like taking down the kitchen curtains to wash them, can add a lift to your spirit. Set aside 15 minutes a day to clean out the garage or declutter your bookshelves. A new sense of order brings peace to your soul.

Make time for Self-Care

Take time for hobbies and interests that you enjoy. Get a new haircut or a pedicure. Splurge on some new makeup. Banish the winter grouchies by making sure you get enough rest at night to be a happy camper by day.

Revive Your Spirit

The best renovation of all is the spring God brings to our hearts. Budding trees, singing birds, and newly green grass remind us of how God renews our spirits when we seek Him. Hosea 6:3 prompts us to pursue God with more passion:

Oh that we might know the Lord

What brings freshness to your spiritual life? How about enrolling in a new Bible study or reading a Christian book on a subject you want to grow in? I like to change things up in my quiet time to bring new freshness to my relationship with God.

Here are some suggestions to revive tired quiet times:

  • Move it out to the back porch, and see if nature doesn’t inspire a deeper connection with God.
  • Start by singing a quiet—or loud!–  song to worship Him.
  • Read scripture out loud.
  • Use colored pencils to mark up your Bible.
  • Check out this post: 10 Tips for Getting out of a Bible Reading Rut.

As we take steps to press on to know Him more, God responds to us. He wants to bring more spring both to our step and to our hearts.

Now it’s your turn: What do you like to do during the spring to bring an extra lift to your spirit?

 

I link up with these communities: Holly Barrett’s #TestimonyTuesday, Kelly Balarie’s #RaRalinkup, Jennifer Dukes Lee’s #TellHisStory, Holley Gerth’s CoffeeFor your Heart, and Meredith Bernard’s #Woman2Woman.

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