Jan 9, 2011

Project 2: Prayers for Our Husband

I admit that I do not pray for JT as I should.  This has been weighing on my mind for the last few days and low and behold it is the second project for Fixing Your Heart On Titus 2.

In fact, during my shower last night, I was led to pray for him and his salvation.

Earlier, watching a live broadcast of an online church, I was reminded of what our unsaved loved ones will be subject to at the time of their physical death.   SCARY.

It all ties into this second week's project.
I'm all over it.

  • Monday: His Work
  • Tuesday: His Integrity
  • Wednesday: His Mind
  • Thursday: His Purpose
  • Friday: His Health
  • Saturday: His Protection
  • Sunday: His Faith


Jan 4, 2011

Fixing Your Heart On Titus 2: Project 1 - Daily Bible Reading and Prayer

As part of my New Year's Goals, I am working hard at finding making more time to spend in The Word.  I also need to spend more time in prayer.  I don't know why I am finding it so hard to even get my thoughts organised to form a prayer. 

So, this week's project for Fixing Your Heart On Titus 2 is perfect for me.


Nov 16, 2010

How To Pray

Found this article in my email box this morning....

Sometimes, I get caught up in my 'To Do List For God' too....

Thought you might enjoy it.◦

Nov 1, 2010

It's Your Move, Love God.

Last night, my daughter Beth called me outside to see the 'tic tac toe board' in the sky.

Looking at it, a blank tic tac toe board of clouds, put into mind a lesson I thought I would blog here.

God works in our life in amazing ways. However, sometimes we have to 'go first' with an action or proclamation of faith before he does. Looking at these clouds was like God telling me, "It's your move, Carrie".

Asking for & believing in Faith, claiming and speaking God's promises for our lives is essential to His working miracles.

How many times do we ask for certain things and then leave our 'prayer closet' with the same defeated attitude that we entered it? We ask, unbelieving, and we are not surprised when we don't see any results. But, then we say that we did everything we were supposed to in order to get our prayers answered. Guess we were just meant to be poor, unhappy, stressed, bummed-out and miserable, right? NOT!

God says, that if we ask, believing, we will recieve.
"Therefore I say to you, [Matt 7:7] all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you."

That's our move.... the believing part. However, we must also ask with the right motives:

[Job 22:26; Matt 7:7; 21:22; John 9:31] whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we [1 John 2:3] keep His commandments and do [John 8:29; Heb 13:21] the things that are pleasing in His sight.

You ask and [1 John 3:22; 5:14] do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.
 Our move may involve several different things... confession, repentance, faith, an action that puts us out of our comfort zone... It all depends on our situation and our personal relationship with God.

But, without faith, thanksgiving and right motives, we might as well be praying to a wall.

The more 'moves' we make towards God, the more moves He will make in our lives. A personal relationship with God is just like any other relationship. It takes two. Both parties must be actively involved to make it successful. We can't just sit back and think God is just going to do a bunch of amazing, wonderful things in our lives when we are doing nothing to help our own situation or show God that we are actively participating with Him, even if it just in constant prayer and thanksgiving when there is nothing physical we can do.

Do you want a closer walk with God? Ask Him for it, Thank Him for it, then Anticipate it and Do Your Part! Get in His Word, pray, worship, go to church...

Do you want to be blessed financially? Pray about it, Ask Him for it, Thank Him for it, Aticipate it and Do Your Part! Search your heart and be sure your motives are correct. Tithe what you are blessed with now, Ask Him to show you how to manage your financial blessing..

Are you getting it?

All things are to be done to the glory of God. Make sure your motives are right.

And remember that God does want your joy to be complete. He loves us and wants us to be happy. It gives Him pleasure to answer our prayers. Just as we love to give gifts to our children.

"If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, [Ps 84:11; Is 63:7; Rom 8:32; James 1:17] how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!
Are you waiting for a prayer to be answered right now? Do you have something that you need?
Make your move!


Oct 28, 2010


As a Christian, I know that it is my duty to forgive. I am not supposed to keep a record of wrongs. I am to turn the other cheek. All the time. Every time. Man, this is hard!

I'm having trouble with this one. Probably because the forgive-ee in question seems to do the offending action repeatedly. The action? Lying. Having others lie for him. Sneaking. Being untruthful. Lying by omission. Lying in general. I hate lying. I detest lying.

This certain person who lies to me all the time does so on purpose. He does it often. And wonders why I feel that he cannot be trusted. And this person's family also does it. For him. For their own reasons? I don't know. But, it makes me ANGRY! It makes me feel like an idiot when I am taken in and made to believe their pack of lies. I envision them all sitting around having a good laugh at getting Carrie to believe yet another one while HE gets away scott-free. I envision them all plotting out their next round of lies. I honestly believe that this does go on. Because of experience. Isn't that sad?

See, I think if you have to lie about something, it's apparently something that is dishonest and wrong to begin with. Therefore, I don't do anything that I would have to lie about. I am honest. I don't HIDE things or OMIT them or flat out LIE about them just because I want my own way about something.

But, this other person.... He does. Even when give every opportunity to tell the truth. Even when confronted with the truth. Still..... lies.

And then there is supposed to be trust? (Maniacal Laughter)

Any type of relationship is supposed to be built on love and TRUST. But, how do you trust someone who lies to you? I mean, how do you go back to believing everything they say when you feel you can't believe ANYTHING they say?

I know what I'm supposed to do... but how do I do it? I may have forgiven the stove for burning me, but will I ever trust it again not to? No!

I sit here harboring a bunch of negative emotions that make me feel physically ill. Anger, mistrust, disgust, sadness, hurt, embarrassment, more anger. It probably wouldn't be so bad if maybe there was an apology. Any type of remorse at all. But there isn't any. From him or any of his family. It's supposed to be just get over it and move on. Don't ever mention it. Don't ever react to it. Don't EVER show any negative emotion to it because THAT is why WE HAVE TO LIE TO YOU!

I want some justice! I want an apology. I want a confession - a heartfelt one because they feel bad, not one that I have to rip out of their throats with a pair of vice-grips! I want to get back at them. I want them out of my life forever! I want to never have to feel like an idiot because someone else fooled me into believing a bunch of B.S.

But, that's just me.  I know that I am bigger than that. I also know that my God is bigger than that. I know that He understands all these emotions that I am feeling and the difficulty I am having forgiving these people. I also know something else. And this is why I am going to wrap this all up in a pretty little package with a bow on top and hand it to God.........

I know that He loves them. I know that He loves them while they are sinners, just as he loves me. I know that He died on a cross for THEM, just as He did for me. I know that they are precious in His sight. I know that one day He will rejoice when they come to Him in repentance and tears and realization that they hurt me and so many other people with their sin. I know that they may not fully realize what they do is wrong because they do not know the Truth, the Way and the Life. I know that they may not realize that their actions are leading them down a path that could possibly lead them to Hell. And, I know that my unforgiveness towards them might play a part in keeping them on that path instead of the one they should be on.

Because, what would someone who does not love God do? Not forgive them.


Forgiveness is a choice, not a feeling. Right now I choose to forgive these people. Right now I ask God for the Grace to keep loving these people. Right now I release my anger and my hurt and my disappointment and my sadness to Him and receive from Him the healing that only He can give me. I will not be kept in bondage any longer to these negative emotions. I ask that this wrongdoing towards me be thrown to the deepest parts of the ocean, just as my sins are when I ask for forgiveness. I ask that the 'slate' between myself and these people be wiped clean and that I will harbor no offense towards them. I stand in the Gap for these people and ask that they are brought into the fold of believers and become sons and daughters of the Most High God. I ask that they be brought to the full knowledge of their calling. And I thank my Father, the Lover of My Soul, for helping me in my journey, for the answer to my prayers and for His Loving  Faithfulness.
In Jesus Name◦

Oct 26, 2010

Warm Up America... Care to join us?

Recently while blog hopping, I came across a blog owned by my new friend Lavonda.  You can visit at:
http://writeforhim.blogspot.com/ .

Now, she had posted that she was involved with Warm Up America Foundation, making crocheted, knitted or quilted rectangles to be sewn together to make blankets for people in need. And she put out the call to action to join her in this endeavor.  Needless to say, I have! 

I learned to crochet as a child and have loved it ever since my mom showed me the basic single stitch.  I always end up giving away what I make anyway, so this is another way to 'share the love'. 

I would like to invite you all to check out Lavonda's Blog and read through her posts about Warm Up America and our group of crafters. If you would like to join us, please submit a comment while there, or while here and let us know!

Have a wonderful day!

Oct 24, 2010

My New Church Home

All I can say is 'Wow'! 

I've finally found my new church home.  East Calhoun Church is what I've been looking for these last few years.

It may be hard for some people to understand, but I believe that God has a calling on everyone. But, they need to be in the right place to be fed spiritually. Some churches are just not what feeds our spirit and leave us feeling empty, not inspired. This is just because we are all different. We have preferences for different types of preaching, singing, worship, etc. I knew that I would find what I was looking for eventually, but had randomly church-hopped and still not found it.

Now, I have and I feel peace.

My children had fun in their children's programs. They were happy to be there and excited about what they had done and learned. They look forward to going back! J.T. even went with me and handled the Pentecostal aspect of it very well. Although, I believe he would have bolted for the door if the Pastor had tried to lay hands on him. (teehee!)

I am even encouraging him to go to the Men's Conference. I told him I would pay the $30 so he could go and have a mini-vacation. I think he is considering it, though he is terrified that all the men will do is speak in tongues and try to slay him in the spirit, rofl. I'll keep working on it (Help, God!).

If J.T. became a Christian, I don't know what I would do. I would probably be the happiest woman on the face of the earth.

Just thought I would share.  And if anyone would like to hear some great teaching,  please visit East Calhoun Church's Website and click on the media link to see what I'm talking about.

Have a Blessed one!
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