Sorry I’m late! VERY late!

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Ok – here’s the week….I hope you kept reading even though I hadn’t posted anything!!!!

Mon   Exo 28-30     Matt 22:1-22

Tues   Exo 31-33     Matt 22:23-46

Wed   Exo 34-35     Matt 23

Thurs   Exo 36-37     Matt 24:1-28

Fri   Exo 38-39     Matt 24:29-51

Sat   Exo 40    Matt 25

Sun  Leviticus 1-2    Matt 26:1-29

I will do my very best not to be late again!

*~*~Toni~*~*

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Bible Reading Challenge wk of 1/26-2/1/09

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Sorry this wasn’t up yesterday!  I was out of town, and forgot to schedule this post!  Anyway, without further ado…..:

Mon:  Exo 13-14    Matt 18:1-20

Tues:  Exo 15-16    Matt 18:21-35

Wed:  Exo 17-18    Matt 19

Thurs:  Exo 19-20     Matt 20:1-16

Fri:  Exo 21-22    Matt 20:17-34

Sat:  Exo 23-24    Matt  21:1-22

Sun:  Exo 25-27    Matt 21:23-46

Bible Reading Challenge wk of 1/19-25/09

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Here’s your weekly reading schedule:

Mon:  Gen 45-46        Matt 13:1-36

Tues:  Gen 47-48        Matt 13:37-58

Wed:  Gen 49-50        Matt 14

Thurs:   Exodus 1-3        Matt 15:1-20

Fri:  Exodus 4-6        Matt 15:21-39

Sat:  Exodus 7-9        Matt 16

Sun:  Exodus 10-12        Matt 17

Ok, gang….we’ve read through Genesis….what’d you think?  It is SO hard to pick a favorite story!  One of mine is when the Lord told Abraham that Sarah would have a child and Sarah laughed…lol.  I like what happened next!

What about you?

What It Takes to be No. 1

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Winning is not a sometime thing, it’s an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do things right once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing. There is no room for second place. There is only one place in my game, and that’s first place. I have finished second place twice in my time at Green Bay, and I don’t ever want to finish second again. There is a second place bowl game, but it is a game for losers played by losers. It is and always has been an American zeal to be first in anything we do, and to win, and to win, and to win.Every time a football player goes to ply his trade he’s got to play from the ground up – from the soles of his feet right up to his head. Every inch of him has to play. Some guys play with their heads. That’s ok. You’ve got to be smart to be number one in any business. But more importantly, you’ve got to play with your heart, with every fiber of your body. If you’re lucky enough to find a guy with a lot of head and a lot of heart, he’s never going to come off the field second.

Running a football team is no different than running any other kind of organization – an army, a political party, or a business. The principles are the same. The object is to win – to beat the other guy. Maybe that sounds hard or cruel. I don’t think it is.

It is a reality of life that men are competitive and the most competitive games draw the most competitive men. That’s why they are there – to compete. To know the rules and objectives when they get in the game. The object is to win fairly, squarely, by the rules – but to win.

And in truth, I’ve never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn’t appreciate the grind, the discipline. There is something in good men that really yearns for discipline and the harsh reality of head to head combat.

I don’t say these things because I believe in the “brute” nature of man or that men must be brutalized to be combative. I believe in God, and I believe in human decency. But I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour – his greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear – is that moment when he has to work his heart out in a good cause and he’s exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.

 

 

– Vincent Lombardi

When was the last time you were “exhausted on the field of battle” in the name of Christ?  Victorious in winning souls and proclaiming His truths?  Do what it takes to be number 1 in the eyes of the Lord today – not the eyes of man.

When you say, “I’ll pray for you”

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Your cousin’s mother-in-law is going for surgery in a week.  Your cousin asks you to pray.  You say you will.

Your best friend says she is worried about her finances and asks you to pray for God to show her what to do.  You promise to pray daily until He answers her.

Your brother asks you to pray for his marriage.  You agree to pray daily, without fail, until his marriage is back on track and winning again.

But, life happens.  You pray, but the prayers are for things you need just to make it through the day.  You ask God to help you find your lost car keys, make it to the doctor’s office on time, and to make that last $50 stretch until payday.  You remember your promises to pray for your friends and family, so you say a rushed prayer while you drive to the grocery store.  You know you should do more, but the time just slips away.

Does this sound like you?  I’m not judging, because I have been there all too often, myself.  The question is, who are we short-changing when we fail to pray like we promised?

In my humble opinion, we are doing ourselves a disservice.  Don’t get me wrong, the person we are praying for definitely receives a benefit, too, but we miss even more.  We miss the opportunity to go before the God of the universe and plead for a fellow believer.  And sometimes, we have the opportunity to plead for the salvation of another human.  We get to wrestle with demons for that person’s eternal destiny!

But, all too often, we don’t.  We miss the boat.  We throw up a quick prayer and hope God counts it as a real one.  Yes, quick prayers are good sometimes – sometimes they are all we can manage in certain situations!  But, when there is something big – salvation, health, marriage, etc – at stake, we owe God and the recipient more than a few seconds.

I challenge you to spend a minimum of 3  minutes of prayer for EACH person or situation you have agreed to pray for – daily.  For 5 people, that only adds 15 minutes to your prayer time.  You can do it!  (You may need to get up an extra 15 minutes earlier, but, you can do it!)

Bible Reading Challenge wk of 1/12-18/09

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Ok gang….here’s the schedule for the week.  Keep in mind, if you can’t read exactly as is each day, just do your best to catch up by the end of the week!

Mon:  Gen 30-31    Matt 9:1-17

Tues:  Gen 32-33    Matt 9:18-38

Wed:  Gen 34-35    Matt 10:1-24

Thurs:  Gen 36-38    Matt 10:25-42

Fri:  Gen 39-40    Matt 11

Sat:  Gen 41-42    Matt 12:1-24

Sun:  Gen 43-44    Matt 12:25-50

Almost done with Genesis!  What’s your favorite story so far?

Why don’t you write more, Toni?

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I thought that some of you may be wondering why I don’t update my blog more often – at least daily, or every other day….so I thought I would explain, just in case you were interested.

You see, I love to write.  I could actually spend hours writing everyday and be perfectly happy.  However, I know that when I sit down at this computer, I need to plan to be here a while becauseI like to write.  So, although I intend to update this blog more frequently (my goal is daily), there is a distinct possibility that many of those will be scheduled posts. 

That said, there is one more reason I don’t post more often – and this one is the real doozie:  I’m waiting for God.  You see, God holds us all to extremely high standards, but when we start teaching, or leading, or giving advice based on Biblical principles, we BETTER be doing it right.  If we knowingly lead someone astray, we are in BIGtrouble.  And, I believe that if we lead someone astray simply because we have failed to do our own homework – aka, laziness – we are likewise in some serious hot water.  So, as you can see, this is a situation where I want to be sure I stay out of the hot water…..I’m hot-natured as it is….don’t need any help….LOL.

So, I wait for God to lay something on my heart strongly before I write it out for you to read.  In fact, right now, I have a post that I started at least 3 weeks ago, and haven’t finished because I don’t feel its what God wants me to write just yet.  Mind you, I believe someone should, but right now, He doesn’t intend for that to be me.  I’m sure sometimes I miss the boat – I’m sure there are times when the Lord wants to tell you something through me (and I say that in humility) that I just somehow miss (READ:  don’t listen) His voice telling me to write it. 

I do plan to update this (HIS) blog more frequently – and I hope that in the meantime you’ll stay on as a faithful reader.  I have some big goals for this site, and one of those is to have a book written by mid-year!  I’m going to need your help! 

Also, Cindy Rushtonannounced that she would be issuing a challenge sometime in the near future to her readers who are also writers:  the 30-Day Challenge to write an article for their blog everyday for 30 days.  This is something I also plan to accomplish – so, with God’s Grace, for at least one month my blog will be updated daily!  I’d like to ask for your prayers for this though, as I want to do this to please God, and write about the subject He chooses – not me.

So, I said all that to say, I’ve missed you guys!  (Wait, I am NOT a Yankee!  LOL – j/k to all from north of the Mason Dixon line….sort of…lol)  Let’s try that again – I missed y’all!  (Now that’s Texan!)  See you again soon!

And, um….where are all who took up the Bible Reading Challenge????  I know you’re out there……we can’t give up already!  Tomorrow is a great day to catch up!  Go to the last reading schedule post and leave a comment about this week’s readings…..we’re waiting to hear what you think!

His,

Toni

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