Heart Check

HeartCheck

Recently, I have been studying the book of Genesis and the book of Matthew. It’s been a great study so far. And so interesting to me all the parallels in the themes from the first book of the Old Testament and the first book of the New Testament. The biggest one I have pulled out is – the heart. Since the beginning of men and women, God has always been concerned with our hearts.

Starting with Noah’s time, you read that God saw the hearts of the people and that their hearts were evil. That was the purpose of the flood. God was wiping the slate clean. However it didn’t work. Hence the need for our Rescuer.

And in the gospel according to Matthew, Jesus lays out the new laws. He makes us realize that we are not perfect. We easily can break all the 10 commandments in our hearts. We may not murder, but if we have hate for a friend than we have committed murder in our heart. Or what about thinking a sexual thought about the opposite sex? That’s adultery in our hearts, if we are married.

How does it make you feel to know that God can see into your heart? Uncomfortable, squirmy? Yeah, me too. But, it’s the truth. God can see what our heart intentions are by every move we make. Thank goodness our Rescuer came and died on the cross for our sins. If we confess that Jesus is Lord of our life, we can cross the bridge to God. Jesus makes us clean.

I don’t know about you, but I needed a Rescuer. And I’m so grateful that thought I’m not perfect, Jesus is. And I am checking my heart now…

If you are a Christ follower, when was the last time you checked your heart? 

And if you are in need of a Rescuer, send me a message or comment on this post. I would love to give you more information on freedom!

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Jesus, Rock of Ages

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Every single time I listen to this song, I am comforted. It is such an encouragement to know we stand on a sure foundation. Take a minute to allow these words to wash over you. And then you can listen to the song by Christy Nockels.

I am not alone 
There’s a stone I’m built on 
There’s a love that will never let me go 
He hears my every cry 
He knows how to understand me 
He is my one defense, day and night 
I rest my soul on the rock of the ages 
And my feet stand firm on a sure foundation 
All my hope in this salvation 
Jesus, Jesus, rock of ages 
Precious cornerstone 
The one for all generations 
Laid that I would hide myself in You 
Through every trial and storm 
When all else is sinking 
There is none so faithful and so true 
When my heart is faint, my faith is small 
Oh hide me, Lord 
And when all is well, through it all 
Oh hide me, Lord

The Great Light

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a poem written by Rachael Walkup

Look around you, this world is going down and it’s no Heaven that’s for sure.

There are murders, sex trafficking, and horrible sicknesses without a cure.

The truth is – we live in a world that is broken, fallen, full of trouble, and quite sad.

Adam and Eve gave in to the enemy’s temptation and since then it’s been bad.

But hold on, because amongst the darkness there is a great light.

This person was also tempted by the enemy yet held firm to sight.

He was able to keep his eyes on His Father by the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Is the Spirit leading you? Or have you allowed the enemy to fool you with his wit?

The choice is yours and I have made my choice.

My heart sings praise to my God, rejoice!

Isaiah 9:1 says that “the people living in darkness have seen a great light.”

That great light is the Messiah, Jesus. Will you chose to believe it with all your might?

Obedience

Obedience

Obedience. The dictionary defines it as “compliance with an order, request, or law or submission to another’s authority.” I don’t know about you but compliance with an order from another authority doesn’t sit easy with me. I’m the type-A personality. The one who likes to get things done. And to be honest, I like to be fully in control. Because of that, obedience never comes easy to me. It’s very hard for me to realize I’m not in control but someone else is.

This is probably why the newlywed time in marriage was hard for me. I was in a battle for control. But as the years have gone by I have learned that allowing Greg to fully lead gives me so much peace.  Marriage is the perfect example of another relationship.

Our relationship with our Maker. That’s right – God. God wants us to submit to Him as well. He wants to be the lead of our life. My life. Your life. Wouldn’t you be filled with much more peace if you were to step back and allow God to lead you? If you are not a Jesus follower than I challenge you to read the book of Genesis. You will see through that book that how God moves when obedience happens and when it doesn’t.

How do we obey? It’s difficult, I have been a Jesus follower for a long time and I still struggle with obedience. But it’s the small things. It’s spending time with Him daily. It’s reading your Bible. It’s hiding God’s word in your heart. Loving others around you. As you deepen your faith you start finding ways that you can allow yourself to submit to another’s [God’s] authority.

The Lord is the Great Shepherd. Did you know that the main responsibility of a shepherd is the safety and welfare of the flock? Wouldn’t it be great to think the same of God? If you allow him the position of Shepherd, then he will keep lead you. That sounds great to me. I need to be led. And remember this doesn’t mean nothing bad will happen to you. Because it is certain in this life we will have trouble. But having a leader and obeying Him with what He calls you to will give you peace.

I always tell my kids…obey first. Maybe I needed to be reminded of that as well.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:10-11

Maniac Monday – Coupons!!!

I thought it would be helpful to share with you some site I use for coupon deals.

1. Amazon Local – click here to sign up

2. Coupons.com – Click here to find out more

3. Kroger – this is by far the best! I signed up for a Kroger credit card. I only use it for groceries and I pay it off every month. Here’s why I love it… every quarter they send me a $25 off coupon and monthly they send me personalized coupons for stuff I always buy. This past week at the grocery store I saved $50 with coupons.

I hope that this information will help you be a good steward of the money that God has provided to you!

 

 

How I Use Doterra Essential Oils

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I have been using Doterra essential oils now for about 9 months. These oils have helped my family and myself. They help to promote wellness in my family. We have used them to ease muscle aches, stop bleeding, heal bruises faster, sleep deeper, kill germs, and so much more.

I’m asked all the time what oils are used the most. So I thought I would highlight how I use essential oils to care for myself and my family.

Wild Orange/Purify or Lemon/Lemongrass: I have either of these blends running in my house daily. They smell fresh and lighten the mood in the rooms. Lemon/Lemongrass blend helps me to be productive.

OnGuard rollers: I roll my kids and myself daily with a roller of OnGuard. This oil blend supports a healthy immune response.

Sleep blend (Vetiver, Serenity, Bergamot): I used to take Ambien or Benedryl to sleep every night. Now I just roll this blend on my feet and wrists before bed. It helps me to fall asleep fast and stay asleep all night.

Balance and Serenity: These two oils are put on my wrists a few times a day. It helps me to stay calm all day long. Jesus helps with that too. I pray over my oils before applying them. 🙂

Cuts/Bruises blend: This blend I put into a spray bottle. It’s a mix of Frankincense, Lavender,

Vitamins: Oh the vitamins! How I love thee. These vitamins have given me so much energy. And I have stayed healthy since I’ve been using them as well.

Skincare line: I’m currently using the skin care line from Doterra. And I really like it. It makes me skin so smooth and I haven’t had a single blemish since I started using it.

If you are interested in learning more, please let me know. I’m also happy to purchase you any you would like to try at my discount. You can comment on this blog or send me an email. Whatever is best for you!

Here is a link to my Doterra store: http://mydoterra.com/rachaelwalkup