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Learning Never Ends

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We teach our children and they also go to school to learn.  The learning or the instruction should not stop at the school or within our homes.

Learning does not end when we become adults. Daily we should be seeking the wisdom and instruction of God. He is the greatest teacher. Jesus was also called Rabbi or teacher. The lessons God has for us never end. We have to be willing to learn and grow or we will miss what he is teaching us. No matter how old we are we all need a teacher, a Rabbi, God…and we should never stop listening to His instructions for our life. We should be digging into our text book…the Bible. And we need to do so on a regular basis.

I love psalm 119:33,34 in the Message transition:

God, teach me lessons for so I can stay the course. Give me insight so I can do what you tell me—my whole life one long, obedient response.

Lord, today I pray that whoever reads this will seek to learn from you. That they will open their bible and dig in. I pray that daily they will learn from you and find lessons from you in the most unexpected things. Thank you for being our teacher and for always wanting to help us grow in wisdom. Amen

Remember that learning does not end just because you are an adult.

Have a Simply Blessed day:)

 

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Keep Moving Forward

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Life is not always butterflies and rainbows There will be times of pain. In those times we can look to the one constant thing…God. He will walk through the fire with us. When we turn to His word we find truth. It is the truth of His word that we will be encouraged to keeping moving forward even when we feel like stopping.

Scripture tells us:

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire , you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you. Isaiah 43:2 NASB

If you are walking through something painful, you are not alone. God is with you. You just need to trust Him. He loves you so much that he sent his only son to die for you. Hold tightly to Him and keep moving forward.

Have a Simply Blessed day.

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Happy New Beginnings.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;  his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

The “steadfast Love” means the…unchanging, unwavering, unhesitating, unfaltering, unyielding love of the Lord. It is a love that never ceases. His mercies or you could say his forgiveness never comes to an end. They are new every morning and today as we start a new day and a new year, you can hold on to the promise of his word. 

Today is the day when everyone picks their new years resolutions…”I am going to go to the gym and get in shape”, “I am going to read more and learn more”, “I am going to work towards a promotion at work”. The list is long of the new starts and new goals.

Before we move full-steam ahead on our New Years Resolutions, it is my hope that each of us would take a moment to ask God to forgive us of the things we need forgiveness for. By doing so, we can start the new year with a clean slate. Thank God for his steadfast love. Thank him that his mercies never come to an end. Thank him that every morning they are new and they are also new with the start of a new year.

As you think of your New Years resolutions, take some time to think of a scripture for 2018 also.  Mine is Psalm 143:8.

Let the morning (and the New Year) bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Psalm 143:8. 

Write your scripture down and place it where you will see it on a regular basis. Feel free to use the same one I did if it speaks to your heart. Please share in the comments what scripture you choose.  Your scripture just might be what someone is looking for.

Happy New Year and Happy New Beginnings. 2018 is here…a new start! 2017, the old is gone.

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Help…Please Water Me!

My poinsettia sits in my kitchen slowly shriveling because I have been so busy that I have forgotten to water it. I noticed it the other morning and felt horrible. I quickly got some water on it and by the end of the day it had come back to life. What a perfect mental note that I needed to slow down and make sure I was filling myself with what was important…the living water.

That beautiful poinsettia was a reminder to me of what we are like on the inside when we are not filling ourselves spiritually. Just as we fill our bodies with food, we need to fill our spirits with prayer, study, fellowship, and worship.

I know this is a busy time of year. All the Christmas fun and celebration followed immediately by New Years can be draining on us. We can’t let the most important things fall to the side in all the hustle and bustle or we will become dry like my poinsettia. The shriveled petals and the leafs that had fallen of the poinsettia were screaming, “Help! Get me some water”.

In no time at all the poinsettia sprung back to life when I gave it a drink. What about you? Are you filling yourself with what you need or are you running on empty…spiritually dry?

Take some time and open your bible today. Refresh yourself with the living water of Jesus and while you are at it double-check your Christmas tree or any plants you have. They may need water too. Jesus is the reason for the season but he should be the living water we fill ourselves with on a daily basis.

May you have a very Merry Christmas.

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Prayer and WWJD (What Would Jesus Do), Week 5

Today we bring our study of prayer what Jesus has to teach us about prayer to a close. In John 17: verses 9 and 15 Jesus demonstrates the importance of intercessory prayer when he says, “I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. In verse 15 He prays, “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one”. Just as Jesus intercedes in prayer for us, we need to follow His example and intercede for others.

If we read on in John 17 Jesus continues to pray for all believers. I am going to give you some homework. Sometime this week I would love for you all to open your bibles and read all of John chapter 17. It is only 26 verses but it is a beautiful look into the prayers of Jesus.

Right up to the very end of his life Jesus demonstrates prayer to us. While on the cross, Jesus said, “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”. In my opinion those 12 words are the most powerful prayer ever spoken. In his last moments of life Jesus prays for those who have nailed him to the cross. Father forgive them is a petition. He could have prayed father consume them for what they have done but instead he intercedes for his transgressors. The last part of Isa 53:12 foretold of Christ’s prayer of intercession. “Yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors

Jesus Prayed often, He prayed for others with prayers of intercession. He is sitting at the right hand of the father interceding for us now. He prayed alone, he prayed with others, He prayed the long marathon kind of prayers. He prayed right up to the end of his life. Jesus prayed and so should we. To read the other 4 days just scroll down in the blog.

For more of my heartfelt ramblings pre-order your copy “Simply Blessed” and help fight hunger. $1 for every pre-order between now and December 31 will be donated to Generation Alive and $1 covers the cost of 4 meals. Offers ends December 31st.

Simply Blessed is a 31-day devotional for women. The thirty-one light-hearted short stories tackle real life issues that all women face. From fear, control, gossip, their identity in Christ and for some women, abuse. Simply Blessed reminds us that God is not a God of religion, he is a God of relationship. He is comfortable like our favorite Saturday sweat pants. Grab your favorite warm beverage, curl up with a blanket and let the words of Simply Blessed bring you joy.

 

 

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Empower Youth and Make a Dent in Hunger

Hunger Insecurity is the limited access to adequate food and it is huge issue in the United States. In my city there are over 70,000 people who are faced with food insecurity. Being able to go to my fridge or pantry and find something to eat is something I never want to take for granted.

I belive we can all create change and that is why I have teamed up with Generation Alive a non-profit program that empowers youth and helps to fight hunger. Generation Alive works with nearly 20,000 youth each year.  GA teaches them compassion and that when they see a need they should try do something to fix the need. Another aspect of Generation Alive is their passion to make a dent in hunger. Each year the nearly 20,000 youth they work with, pack meals that are distributed to food banks. Youth are learning there are many in their community who have food insecurity (the need) and that they can do something to meet the need (raising funds and packing meals)

Recently I took part in two different meal packing evenings. We packed 10,000 meals that were sent to Texas after hurricane Harvey and we packed another 4000 meals that were sent to Second Harvest.  You can be a part of creating change by ordering a copy of my book Simply Blessed on Amazon before December 31,2017. For every preordered book on amazon $1 will be donated to Generation Alive and will cover the cost of 4 meal servings. To learn more about Generation Alive watch this video and you can visit them at Generation Alive

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Blessings,

Kim Chaffin

 

 

 

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Prayer and WWJD (What Would Jesus Do), Week 4

Welcome back to our 4th week of prayer and what Jesus has to say about it. Last week we looked at Mark 9. Jesus showed us how we need prayer and that we need to rely on God not on our own strength. Besides reminding us how much we need to rely on God, prayer also recharges us when we are running on empty. Prayers give us hope at the end of our rope.

My husband said this to me about prayer. He said, “Prayer allows you to tie a knot in the end of that rope so that we can keep hanging on”. Prayers give us strength when we are weak, wisdom when we are not sure what to do and, comfort in the hardest times.

In Luke 6:12, Jesus prays the whole night and like Jesus there will be times that our prayers will require long periods of time. My husband and I have a prayer closet and there have been times that we have spent hours contending for things in our little room.

Jesus talks about going into your room and closing the door to pray in Matthew 6:6. Now not everyone has a prayer closet and that is fine. What Jesus is teaching us is that he doesn’t want us to make a public spectacle of ourselves. Standing on a corner praying for all to hear puts the focus on us and not on God. Now I understand that there will be times when you do pray in public. Jesus doesn’t want our prayers to be a “look at me, I am praying for all of you to see” kind of thing.

Also, we can look to Jesus as our example of how much we should pray. Luke 5:16 says “Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed”. Notice it says OFTEN. It doesn’t say occasionally. Just like Jesus prayed often so should we.

This week pleases take some time to sit quietly with Jesus. Go to a place where you can close the door and step away from all distraction and all people. Spill your heart to the Lord. God loves you and he hears every prayer. I look forward to one more week with you on the subject of prayer.

Have a “Simply Blessed” day.

For more of my heartfelt ramblings pre-order your copy “Simply Blessed” and help fight hunger. $1 for every pre-order between now and December 31 will be donated to Generation Alive and $1 covers the cost of 4 meals.

Simply Blessed is a 31-day devotional for women. The thirty-one light-hearted short stories tackle real life issues that all women face. From fear, control, gossip, their identity in Christ and for some women, abuse. Simply Blessed reminds us that God is not a God of religion, he is a God of relationship. He is comfortable like our favorite Saturday sweat pants. Grab your favorite warm beverage, curl up with a blanket and let the words of Simply Blessed bring you joy.

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Prayer and WWJD (What Would Jesus Do), Week 3

Welcome back to our study on prayer and WWJD.  We have been looking at what Jesus has to say about prayer and today I am going to share one of my favorite lessons taught by Jesus. Prayer shows our dependence on God. The moment we feel that we don’t need to being praying is a clear warning that we think we can do things in own strength and not in Gods.

Let me explain. In Mark 9, Jesus Heals a Boy with an unclean Spirit. I can’t share the section of scripture do to the length. In this section of scripture there is a boy who needs deliverance from an unclean spirit. The disciples try to cast the spirit out of the boy and they cannot. Jesus arrives on the scene and He casts out the unclean spirit and the boy is healed.

The reason I am looking at this section of scripture with you is because of this next part and it is extremely important. When the disciples are alone with Jesus they ask him why they could not help the boy. Jesus replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer (Mark 9:29)

This healing that Jesus had just done left the disciples confused. Why had they not been able to perform the miracle? Jesus after all had given the disciples the authority to cast out demons and now they were not able to cast this one out.

Do you remember what Jesus said? He said, “This kind can come out only by prayer. Jesus wasn’t telling them that this was some “special” kind impure spirit that only prayer could cast out.

He was making a point to them to teach them that though he had given them the authority to do such things… they were trying to cast the spirit out of the boy by relying on themselves not on God.

Jesus’s lesson to the disciples is also a lesson for all us. Just like the disciples, we can do nothing apart from Jesus. I cannot stress this enough, the moment you think you don’t need prayer there should be a big red flag.

We can’t just be relying on our own strength. We need to rely on God. I hope you will want to read Mark 9 on your own and I look forward to sharing more with you next week.

For more of my heartfelt ramblingspre-order your copy “Simply Blessed” and help fight hunger. $1 for every pre-order between now and December 31 will be donated to Generation Alive and $1 covers the cost of 4 meals.

Simply Blessed is a 31-day devotional for women. The thirty-one light-hearted short stories tackle real life issues that all women face. From fear, control, gossip, their identity in Christ and for some women, abuse. Simply Blessed reminds us that God is not a God of religion, he is a God of relationship. He is comfortable like our favorite Saturday sweat pants. Grab your favorite warm beverage, curl up with a blanket and let the words of Simply Blessed bring you joy.

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Prayer and WWJD (What Would Jesus Do), Week 2

Hello and welcome back to the Prayer and WWJD series.

Mark 14:32 says, “They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray””

Jesus prayed for all kinds of things and if the Son of God needs to pray than how much more do we? There are so many examples of how Jesus prayed throughout the bible but I can’t cover them all…today let’s look at two things Jesus teaches us about prayer.

We see that in Mark 14:32 that I shared with you at the beginning of this lesson that Jesus knew the importance of praying along. He told his disciple to “sit here while I pray”.  In Luke 9:28 Jesus took Peter and John with him to pray. By praying with Peter and John, He also demonstrates the importance of praying with others. Just as Jesus prayed alone and prayed with others, so should we. Having people to pray with is so important. God never intended for us to go it alone so please make sure to have a few people who you can turn to for prayer when you need it and always be willing to pray for them when they need it.

Second, in Matthew 19:14-15 Jesus asks that the children come to him so that he can lay hands on them and pray. As a parent I cannot stress enough the importance of praying for your children. I have prayed since my children were little for their spouses. God answered my prayers for my son and he has an amazing wife. I continue to pray for my daughter to find the perfect someone in God’s perfect timing.

As the body of Christ we should pray for all the children. We can stand in the gap with intercessory prayer for the lost and broken youth of our communities.

This week if you don’t have a prayer partner or two, please ask a friend who knows the Lord and who you can trust to keep your prayers private to be your prayer partner. Also take some time to pray for the children in your family, your church and your community. Until next week ladies, may the joy of the Lord fill you to overflowing.

For more of my heartfelt ramblings pre-order your copy “Simply Blessed” and help fight hunger. $1 for every pre-order between now and December 31 will be donated to Generation Alive and $1 covers the cost of 4 meals.

Simply Blessed is a 31-day devotional for women. The thirty-one light hearted short stories tackle real life issues that all women face. From fear, control, gossip, their identity in Christ and for some women, abuse. Simply Blessed reminds us that God is not a God of religion, he is a God of relationship. He is comfortable like our favorite Saturday sweat pants. Grab your favorite warm beverage, curl up with a blanket and let the words of Simply Blessed bring you joy.

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In all things…”FROG”

My friend’s daughter and I have a special thing that we call ourselves…

We are “FROG SISTERS”. Not because we look like frogs, and not because we like frogs but, because of what FROG stands for…

F-ully

R-ely

O-n

G-od

In all things the two of us remind each other to do just that.

When life throws the sucker punch, and it often does. You also need to trust God, trust the truth of His word, and remember that He is sovereign in all things.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

Today take a moment to dig into the word of God and read these two scriptures: Psalm 9:9 and Psalm 18:2 . Mark them in your bible as a reminder that you can Fully Rely On God. You can also simply click on the two scriptures and see what they say.

Have a “Simply Blessed” day and in all things FROG

Pre-order your copy “Simply Blessed” and help fight hunger. $1 for every pre-order between now and December 31 will be donated to Generation Alive and $1 covers the cost of 4 meals.

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