Thank God its Monday

That is what today is…Thank God it’s Monday. (Yes, a national holiday) I’ve heard of thank God it’s Friday, and makes sense considering the weekend is here and time for rest from work. I wonder if TGIF came from this holiday? I actually like Mondays. Perhaps its because I don’t work a JOB. (of the paying variety) For me, Mondays mean back to my schedule, back to the usual grind, being productive. I do enjoy weekends, time spent with family and relaxing. But I have to admit I prefer a schedule. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34 Faithbook Starter Question: Are you thankful for Mondays? Why? Create a layout describing why you Thank God it’s...

Faithful Friday-Laughter

The Blessing of Laughter!
by Betsy Burnett

I was driving home from the airport with a friend and I was reminiscing of my high school days. During the summer my friends and I would “road trip.” To the city, to the fair, just to drive. No real reason just because we loved being together and had a good time.

One day my friend Debbie noticed that whenever the car in front of us would hit a bump all of their heads would wobble in unison to the side and then back again. For some reason this just tickled us funny and when we saw the heads bob we would just start laughing and you know when you start laughing (especially with a group) you can’t stop!

Yes we were goofy..but hey we were young and it was cheap.. (and clean entertainment!)

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22

Laughter is good for us. Like a cold it’s contagious but in a good way. Laughter binds people together. It bonds us with those we laugh with. Just think of how a look brings peals of laughter over a shared joke. Laughter does more than just bond us with people it has medical benefits as well.

Laughter boosts our immune system by decreasing our stress hormones and has been shown to increase immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies. It triggers the release of endorphins (your feel-good chemicals.) It helps relieve tension and stress and even can protect your heart (by increasing blood flow.)

Laughter isn’t just good for your heart in a physical sense, it’s good in a spiritual sense as well. Joy is one of the fruit of the spirit. (Galatians 5: 22-23) When we are blessed with a life full laughter it’s naturally evident in our “spirit” our countenance, our whole outlook on things changes!

This month we are focusing on the “blessing of laughter” whether its a special “private joke” or your kids silly antics we all have those moments that cause us to do more “chuckle” it causes us to laugh. This month celebrate all of those funny, serious, hilarious moments. They are good for your life and good for your heart in more ways than one!

Questions to Ponder:

  • How are you blessed with laughter?
  • What has made you laugh lately?
  • Is there something from your childhood that to this day causes you to smile or even laugh?

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Unexpected Blessings

Unexpected Blessings

The Blessing of the Unexpected…. by Betsy Burnett The Prayer of Jabez…. “Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, and that Your hand might be with me and that You would keep me from evil, that it might not cause pain.” And God granted him that which he requested. I Chronicles 4:10 I had heard many stories about the “Prayer of Jabez” but never really wanted to check it out for myself. I grew up in a church that used prayer books…not that there is anything wrong with prayer books (or praying written prayers) but I have a tendency to let my mind and heart wander when I am reading a prayer vs. praying something on my own. Yes there are times when a written prayer expresses my heart and I can use written prayer as a starting point…I still just wasn’t convinced I wanted to read the book. Then I had a dream. In this dream my former Pastor asked me if I had read the “Prayer of Jabez” yet. In the dream I told him I had not read it yet but I had the book. He went on to tell me that it was really good and would change the way I thought. Naturally I woke up from this very curious and went out and got the book. So I read it and decided that Jabez prayer good words from his heart. Could they be good words from my heart as well? I started to take his prayer apart and apply it to my...

Coincidence?

The blessing of provision by Betsy Burnett We were tired. I was VERY pregnant and the other couple had just moved out of the house. The room was empty except for the TV antenna cord hanging through the window across the floor. My husband and I were sitting in the middle of the floor talking and commented to one another that we needed a rubber band to wrap up the cord with so no one would trip on it the next day when we moved in. I didn’t know where we would get one. The house was empty except for needing a good cleaning. I suddenly had this thought to run my hand across the carpet. I did and the very first place I put my hand down on was a rubber band (the same color as the carpet) A rubber band in an empty house may seem like a coincidence, you can even explain it away. Someone left it there. (Which is true they probably did) but it’s location wasn’t revealed to me before I asked for it. You know what though I have a much simpler answer to why it was there. God was providing for me. Money issues are one of the things we “worry” about most. I think it’s even the number one cause of arguments among married couples. Scripture tells us Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of...

Faithful Friday-ministering to and for Jesus

Kindness by Betsy Burnett This past month you might have noticed me rather absent from things around here. That’s due in fact to my rather non-functioning gallbladder who’s time had come to be removed. One thing about surgery, it really gives your friends a chance to shower you with kindness  I had one friend volunteer to watch my children so my husband could be with me during surgery. Others cooked meals for our family. Some called, some sent cards,  and many, many prayed for me. Everyone showing how much they cared in their own way! This month our theme is “the blessing of kindness.” Scripture tells us to “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.” (Hebrews 13:2) Even more important than “entertaining angels” is the fact when we show kindness to others we are showing kindness to Jesus. “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger...

What is love to you?

Love is… By Betsy Burnett With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, naturally ones thoughts turn to love in February. Hearts, and cupids decorating the walls and boxes of chocolates lined up in rows ready to be gifted with “the perfect” card for your loved ones fill pretty much every store we walk into. As emotional beings naturally we all enjoy feelings of love and being “in love” We love hearing those little words “I love you” whispered in our ears.  It sets our hearts a fluttering and our pulse a racing. Sadly though many are quick to declare “I love you” but when the going gets tough, they get going. Dear children let us not love with words and tongue but with actions and in truth… 1 John 3:18 Love is an action. Sure it starts with feelings and emotions. Who can forget the moment you first “connected” with your sweetie? Or the first time you held your child?.  Our hearts swelled up, overwhelmed, wondering how it could feel so full of joy, of happiness. Feelings though can fade. You find out your sweetie is really crabby in the morning and even crabbier on the freeway. That sweet bundle of love grows up to color on walls and scream “I hate you” when you take the crayons away. What happens when things get worse… you find your spouse was involved in illegal activities at work, or your teenager gets in trouble with drugs. Will those feelings still be there then? Probably not and this is when love becomes action.  At times like these our actions speak much louder...

God is Love. 1John 4:16

*What particular characteristics do you love about your spouse, child, parent or friend? *When have you felt God’s love in your life? *Consider the traits of Love in 1 Cor 13. *You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you. Psalm 86:5 Can you think of a time you called out to God? How did he show his love to you? *Do you receive a lot of love letters from your children? Beautifully colored pictures with “I love you Mom!”. How about incorporating these into your scrapbook pages? Have a faithbooking starter question to share? Please leave a...

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