I realized yesterday that I hadn't shared my Bible verses for 2019. I apologize for this. If you follow the podcast then you've heard me talk about how I've incorporated my personalized version of my Bible verses into my daily meditation and positive affirmation. I want to internalize my verses so God can use them to inspire, motivate, and encourage me throughout the year. I look forward to the day when I get up and I don't need to be reading from the paper because I've hidden them in y heart for eternity.
My word for 2019 is Renewal and as I consider different choices and opportunities throughout the year, my hope is have both my word and verses guide my decisions. If it is going to be a year of renewal for me then it requires change, an open mind, and a lot of strength to make the choices necessary to being the best version of myself I can be. My hope and prayer is to use the gifts God's given me and be the Lisa that HE designed me to be before I was even born.
Let the year begin...
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Elaine W. Miller is a popular international author and speaker (and cancer survivor) known for sharing biblical insights with warmth, enthusiasm, and humor.
A Member of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, she has brought a splash of serenity to audiences for over 25 years. Elaine is the author of four books, Praise the Lord and Pass the Chemo: A Hopeful Response to a Hard Reality, We All Married Idiots: Three Things You'll Never Change About Your Marriage and Ten Things You Can (available in English, Spanish, and Bosnian), Splashes of Serenity: Bathtime Reflections for Drained Moms, and Splashes of Serenity: Bathtime Reflections for Drained Wives. Her work is published in Sanctuary—A Devotional Bible for Women as well as several magazines.
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After Heidi's kidnapping, I still remember the volleyball team coming to the Command Center and doing the Hokey Pokey in Heidi's honor. An amazing group of young ladies.
The day Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey released, some of her friends came to my book release party and we did the Hokey Pokey together, Heidi was with us in spirit.
When I saw this comedian's AC/DC Hokey Pokey, I had tears in my eyes. Heidi was a big AC/DC fan so it's only fitting to share this in a new year's T.O.P.'s blog, remembering the fun-loving, dedicated, and family/team oriented sister I was blessed to be raised with.
Is there a song from childhood
that brings you joy and a smile?
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My new podcast logo has been posted on my podcast page, click here, for a bit now but thought I'd share it today as one of the first T.O.P.'s Tuesdays in 2019. If you haven't taken a few minutes to listen to my podcast yet, you should. It is fun to record and the "Keeping it Real" sometimes cracks me up so much, you might hear a laughing snort. This might be too real but oh well, reality is more entertaining than making things up. Or at least to me, and my listeners agree.
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Each Friday on the podcast I do a segment called, Faith Filled Friday. This morning, the quote for January fourth paired with my message on opportunities. I love the way God works when we are open to see Him leading us.
The verses for today are Ephesians 5:1-16, focusing on verses 15 and 16. Opportunity is defined as "1) a favorable juncture of circumstances and 2) a good chance for advancement or progress." according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Keeping this in mind, we don't create our opportunities but instead accept our circumstances and access the to move us forward, when it 's God placing the opportunity before us.
how you live--
not as unwise
but as wise,
most of every opportunity,
Ephesians 5:16 - 17 NIV
" So be careful how you live; be mindful of your steps. Don’t run around like idiots as the rest of the world does. Instead, walk as the wise! Make the most of every living and breathing moment because these are evil times."
Ephesians 5:16 - 17 VOICE
"Therefore see that you walk carefully [living life with honor, purpose, and courage; shunning those who tolerate and enable evil], not as the unwise, but as wise [sensible, intelligent, discerning people], making the very most of your time [on earth, recognizing and taking advantage of each opportunity and using it with wisdom and diligence], because the days are [filled with] evil."
Ephesians 5:16 - 17 AMP
There was a time in my life when I focused on creating my next step, thanks to my faith and age, I've learned opportunity is placed before us, not created. Have you learned this too?
What opportunities has God placed before you today?
On the flip side, I can't find my bookmark that has every year's word on it, I can't remember which Bible or book I left it in. When, and if, I find it, I'll update the blog. Until then, enjoy previous blogs about my one word and the words I chose.
Tomorrow I'll share my Bible verse for
Click on the word to read the blog associated with the word
2011 - The First "One Word" and why
2011 - "Faithful"
2012 - "hope"
2015 - "Courage & Strength"
2019 - RENEWAL
Tips for choosing your word:
According to Wikipedia:
Word of the Year generator:
2018 Words of the Year:
Oxford Living Dictionary – Toxic
Cambridge Dictionary – Nomophobia
What is your word for 2019? Why this word?
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We think of the United States as safe and on some levels our military anticipate possible losses when serving overseas but not once they are home. We have no words of encouragement or hope for our nephew and family during this difficult time, yet the most important thing we can do is listen and pray. We've never met this officer or her family yet the loss and pain heard in our nephews voice hurts all the way to New York.
This loss for the Louisville PD will have a long term impact, our thoughts and prayers go to them all, especially this officers family. As I think about the transition and pain the department is experiencing, and the community, I'm reminded of a few things.
Our law enforcement and rescue personnel put their lives at risk on a daily basis, something I, we, might take for granted. I understand the risk and danger our nephew is in as he patrols yet to hear of his fellow officers death, my breath is taken away. We need to pray for our military, law enforcement, and rescue personnel...they risk their lives daily to keep us safe. The loss in Louisville has brought new awareness to a small town girl in New Haven, New York.
A special thanks to all who risk their lives on a daily basis.
We aren't designed to "get over it",
we're wired to become stronger
and move forward!
You are strong...
How are you building your endurance?
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