Hot, Lukewarm, Or Cold

Rev. 3:15-16

    My husband used to work at a window factory, as production supervisor. This meant he dealt with all of the suppliers, and their salespeople. Periodically, they would give him promotional items. One day, he brought me home this coffee mug. It looked like an ordinary cup, with the company name and slogan....typical promo gift.
  Little did I know, this simple navy blue coffee mug was really quite unique, and had a promo of it's own.

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  As I filled it with hot coffee, I was surprised to see the mug start changing color. It very quickly became almost white.

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  As my coffee cooled down, the cup started to turn back to dark blue. Brian knew that this cup was made for me, because I have a habit of pouring a cup of coffee, getting busy doing blogging.....and I go to take a sip of my coffee, and find that it's lukewarm! Now, my new cup would tell me, "Don't drink the coffee! It's lukewarm; you'll want to spew it out of your mouth!"

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    As the cup got empty, it let me know it was time to go get a refill. Isn't that the best invention ever??

  That cup got me thinking about what the Bible has to say about Christians. God doesn't enjoy lukewarm Christians anymore than I enjoy lukewarm coffee. He wants us to be hot, and on fire for him!! What happens to my cup is similar to what happens to me when I set my Bible aside and get busy doing other things....I get lukewarm, and I lose that brightness....things begin to look dark. But when I remember to drink what's in my cup, I desire a refill. That's what happens when I read my Bible....I can never get 'full'....but rather, the more I drink from those living waters, the more I desire! The only time 'my cup' should ever get cold is when I am completely used up for the Lord!

   I'm sure my husband never expected me to get so much out of his little gift! And I'm sure the company never thought their promotional gift would encourage Bible reading! Not your typical promo gift after all!

I know thy works, that thou art neither cold or hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold or hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth. Revelation 3:15-16

A Mother's Love

This was originally posted  May 8, 2009. It seemed fitting to repost since all but the first photo are of my now 18 year old.

A Mother's Love

A mother’s heart beat soothes her babe.
Cuddling him close, she sings and prays.
She gently strokes his feverish brow;
responding to cries, no matter what hour.

A mother’s kiss makes everything better
but she adds a bandage just for good measure.
And then she sends him off to play,
proclaiming what a brave boy he is today.

A mother’s love is strong and fierce;
protecting her child and calming his fears.
She’ll shelter him from hurt and harm,
yet give him room to explore and learn.

A mother guides with a careful hand
knowing he must learn on his own to stand
And as he grows, she cheers him on,
glowing with pride through each milestone.

A mother longs to lead the way
to Jesus love and saving grace.
She shares her faith at every turn,
and prays he’ll learn to search and discern.

A mother knows he’ll make mistakes;
that some things are learned through trials and pain.
And if he should wander away for a time,
she’ll always be there with arms open wide.

A mother’s love is steadfast and sure,
and come what may, it will endure.
It’s a rock on which her child can stand,
but when he falls it’s a soft place to land.


Ephesians 4:2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
2 Timothy 2b reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
Romans 12:12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer.

My Verse For 2018

Psalm 63:1a

For the past several years, I've chosen not only a verse for the year, but a word to go with it. I'm not sure who I learned this of my blogging friends, I'm sure! And like many years, I was well into December before discovering what they would be. But as is often the case, God gave them to me during a church service...Sunday school to be exact. Not that this verse was part of the lesson, but it somehow came to my mind at that time.
I'd been watching a webinar that week about goal setting, partly for business, but also for every area of life. That webinar got me thinking about what kinds of changes I needed to make. I've never been very good at setting goals...or maybe it's following through that I have a problem with....which made me think of last year's word....CONSISTENT. Being consistent is something I have a always struggled with...and even when I chose that word, I wasn't sure how it would manifest itself. As it turned out, not at all the way I had expected. I've never been good at remembering to take medication or vitamins on a regular basis, so taking 12 nutritional supplement 2x a day has been a huge accomplishment! Trying to maintain good eating habits has never lasted very long. This time, giving up junk food and evening snacks has not been difficult at all! I've also never been able to follow through on an exercise program, so walking daily has never happened before. I admit, I've missed some days, but I'm getting there. 
But when I chose that word, consistent, I was thinking more on a spiritual level, and I have to confess, that is still a struggle. But I've made some steps in the right direction there too, and I really believe that all of the changes I've made in my physical well being have had an impact on my spiritual health as well, and little by little, consistency is coming. 
Still, when God gave me my verse for the coming year, my reaction was oh no, that can't be it! But I know it is, and I know that with God all things are possible. I can do nothing in my own strength, but I can do all things through Christ.....even get up early! Because of the other changes I've made, I now have the energy to get up in the morning and get a good start to my day. I've already started a morning routine that includes a time of prayer and Bible reading, and exercise BEFORE I start anything else. Just as my body needs proper nutrition to function properly, my soul needs to be fed. 

What I need to continue this until it becomes a habit is word for the year.

Psalm 63:1 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is.

Reflections of 2017

Looking back on 2017

1. What were the highlights or accomplishments of 2017?

 One of the biggest highlights this year was Brian and I deciding to start a business. It wasn't something we planned. We started out just joining an online shopping club in order to purchase health and wellness products at wholesale prices. We soon made the decision to partner with the company, promoting their amazing products. We're finally at a point in our lives when we have a little more freedom to do something we've always wanted to together building a business. The fact that we are able to help others and inspire them to reach their own goals, whether wellness or financial, makes working this business a pleasure! 
 Our biggest personal accomplishment came about when we started taking nutritional supplements. We've both lost weight, 75 lbs combined at last count, and are much healthier than we were at this time last year!
Another highlight is having our granddaughter back in our lives. After not seeing her for over 4 months, she now spends almost every weekend in our home with her dad. We know she won't always be here with us, so we're enjoying this time that we have.
 Danica's baptism in May, and Daniel joining the church in November were definitely highlights! We're so thankful for their desire to live for the Lord, and to serve in the church.
 An unexpected highlight that came at the tail end of the year was Jeremy deciding to move to Nova Scotia with his friend, Matt, and work in a gold mine. We're excited for him and this amazing career opportunity. Knowing he'll be staying with friends, and finding a church out there makes it a little easier to see him go. We're praying that he looks to God for strength, wisdom and  guidance on this new adventure.

2. What were the major themes of the year?

 I guess the main theme has been building our business, and preparing for the future, namely retirement; getting our finances rearranged in preparation for downsizing our home. With just 2 kids at home, it won't be long until we have no need for a big house. Our business is our Plan B for retirement, giving us an extra income and security.
 The other theme has been all about getting healthy. Finding out I have Oral Lichen Planus forced me to take notice of my health...or lack thereof, and realize I can't just ignore it. I've known for years that I had high cholesterol and was pre diabetic, and had done nothing to make the necessary life style changes to bring about an improvement. Getting proper nutrition, getting more active, and losing weight have all contributed to a healthier, happier me! 

3. What disappointments or regrets did you experience?

I can't think of any disappointments or regrets. It's been a good year!

4. What was missing from the year?

Not a thing! Life is good, and we lack nothing. 

5. What did you learn from the past year?

I learned that we're never too old to try something new!
I also learned that my physical health greatly impacts my spiritual, psychological, and emotional well being. 

I think more than any year I can remember, I'm truly looking forward with enthusiasm to the coming year! I just FEEL really good...I have more energy than I ever have, and that makes it easier to get up every day with a positive attitude!  I have goals and things I want to accomplish in a practical sense, but more important, I'm looking forward to the changes God will bring about spiritually.  In spite of how bleak things may look in the world of politics, or maybe the economy, I know the one who is in control, and HE knows what is best for us.

See you in the new year!