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Christmas Blessings, Celebrating Christ, the Good Shepard

Joy to the world!  Let earth receive her king!  Merry Christmas and happy holiday season to your family from the SCW family.  Focus your hearts on the true reason for the season which is Christ our savior.  Really meditate on all he’s brought you through this year with a grateful heart and a fixed mind to keep trusting God.  Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the lord your God with all thine heart and lean not to your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths.”  Time to rejoice and celebrate with family and friends.  SCW has you covered for all your Christmas holiday needs, faith, food, entertaining and decorating.  The kids will be at the house and we’ll have a  very blessed dinner and time with them. They are big kids! Nice to see them all grown up and doing their own thing.I’m looking forward to an Amazing Christmas and New year! Don’t miss our last post of this year, New year’s post December 27th.

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Verse of the Day:

  •  While you are being blessed, Do Not Forget those less fortunate ,like the hungry, homeless, lonely, elderly, and orphaned kids, they need our support.  So shout out today to all the  organizations serving Christmas dinner.  It can be as small as, dropping off a toy at a fire station, salvation army or any organization accepting toys, helping out at a shelter, inviting a lonely person to dinner.  Remember we are blessed to be a blessing.  Matthew 7:16 “You will know them by their fruits.”  To all our followers and viewers we appreciate you, and our hope is that you continue to grow in faith.  Be encouraged, cherish the good times, learn from the difficult times.  God is with you.  From my husband and I to all of your families.  We love you, have a happy holiday season!

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving Blessings, Your Life has been Enriched

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            Click this pic above for a Thanksgiving planning guide from SCW!

Happy Thanksgiving!  From the SCW Family!  We love our followers and viewers.  Thanksgiving is a favorite for everyone no matter which faith you practice.  A time for reflection on how good God has been to you and what you are thankful for.  In the midst of life’s ups and downs there is always something to be thankful for.  My wish for everyone reading this website is that you have a happy safe and fruitful thanksgiving and that you continue to grow in the knowledge and faith of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Click the picture above for tips on your Thanksgiving dinner enjoy!  We’d love to hear about your thanksgiving leave a comment expressing how God has blessed you this year.

  • 2 Corinthians 9:11, (NIV) 11  “You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”
  • Philippians 4:6Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
  • Psalm 95:2-3 2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.  3 For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.”
  • 2 Corinthians 4:15 “All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.”
  • psalm 100:4  “Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name.”
  • psalm 9:1  I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.”
  • Colossians 3:15  “And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.”
  • Hebrews 13: 15  “Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name.
  • Lamentations 3:22-23  Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
  • 1 Chronicles 16:34  “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever”

     

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Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Matt and Paul, We love you and you will live on in our hearts.  If your thoughts are with a loved one who’s passed this Holiday season light a candle in honor of your memories and their life.  Pray for my family as we have lost family and friends this year as we will pray for you that you may grow in the knowledge of Christ as he guides your hearts and minds.

 

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Managing Life’s Transitions

Change! It’s the one constant in life.  The way we manage change can make all the difference.  Change can be positive or negative.  Expected and unexpected.  Some positive changes are getting married, going away to college, a promotion at work, retirement.  Difficult changes include loss of a person, loss of a job, illness, etc…  Positive or negative, change will come!  It must come!  They’re called transitions.  It is the essence of life.  So how do we manage change in times of difficulty?

  • Become comfortable with change, transitions give us an opportunity to assess the direction our lives are taking.
  • Expect to feel uncomfortable during transition.  As you let go of old ways of doing things and begin to accept your new normal, it’s disorientating at first but these feelings will pass and as believers we don’t live by our feelings, we live by faith.
  • Take good care of yourself. Get plenty of rest exercise, and eat well.
  • Build your support system.  Friends and  family can be a great source emotional support, they love you and genuinely want to help.
  • Take it to God in prayer.  The bible says to, Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord your God and lean not to your own understanding.”
  • Take it one day at a time. To regain a sense of power take it one step at a time, that’s all the Lord expects of you.

 

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Acknowledgement:  Keep in prayer Eric and his daughter who’ve just lost a loving Wife and Mother.  May God bless and Keep them.


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A Season Of Abundance and Fall Date Night Ideas

The official start of fall begins Monday September 23.  My favorite time of year!  Followed by my other favorite, Winter!  I actually love the entire season, the holidays are a wonderful time of year.  A new season to do it differently.  What will you do differently?  Change!  And Change for the better!  Thank God for change!  Change is spiritual, it’s a revival of the spirit.  Though the thunder rolls, and the lightning flashes, God is with you!  When God shines his light on you it’s an awakening.  Awakening is described as “an act of waking from sleep”.  An act or moment of becoming suddenly aware of something.  Coming into existence or awareness.  The Bible calls it Luke 15:17“He came to himself.”  Be encouraged!  Keep the faith and have a great week.  Don’t forget to take the time out to just enjoy life, Surround yourself with positive people, Enjoy fall date nights.

  • The Weather

  • Warming up by the fire

  • The colors of Fall

  • Harvest

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Celebration and Leisure:  We must take the time out to enjoy life with the ones we love.  Time to Fly!  We had such an amazing time on my husband’s birthday with the kids.  I surprised him with “iFLY” Indoor Skydiving/ flying.  It was hit!  He loved it!  The kids did better than me.

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God is Restoring You

God is restoring you!  The Bible says “the thief comes only to steal kill and destroy”.  God has come “that you might have life!!  And that more abundantly”. John 10:10.  The amplified bible calls it a “Rich and satisfying life”!  That sounds good to my soul!  The thief wants to destroy everything that’s good in your life!  Especially your mind!  Because that’s where your power is!  It is with the mind that we serve the lord!  There’s nothing as powerful as a changed mind.  If you can change your mind, you can make better choices, you can change your habits, change your behaviors, change your money, change your family, change your life!

Guard your mind!  Stay focused!  Keep your eyes on God.  When you make the decision to change your life God will meet you there in that place, take you by the hand, give you an experience in Him and do things for you you’ve only dreamed about.  I know because it happened to me!  God is in the restoration Business!  Joel 2:25, “I will restore to you the years”.  Are there some years you want restored?

God is restoring your years.  He is restoring your mind, your health, your relationships, your resources (money), restoring your hope, restoring your faith, and love!  Shame is from the enemy.  You need not be ashamed of what you were, your former self.  The bible says you are a new creature in Christ the former things have passed away and behold all things have become new.

Isaiah 61:7 Instead of your shame “you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours”. Joel 2:26 “And ye shall eat in plenty and be satisfied and praise the name of the Lord your God who has dealt wondrously with you and my people shall never be ashamed.”

Be encouraged today people of God, God loves you.  My family prays for our readers, pray for us, The best is yet to come!  Be at peace!

What does the bible say about Restoration?
  • Jeremiah 30:17  For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will …
  • Psalm 51:12  Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a …
  • Isaiah 61:7 Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion; instead …

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The Crushing Produces the Oil

Exodus 31:11 “The anointing oil also, and the fragrant incense for the holy place, they are to make them according to all that I have commanded you.” Ever wonder how oil is made? The olives are crushed to produce the oil.  It’s similar to the crushing in our lives, (the hard times) that ultimately makes us better.

James 1:3 “Because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance, let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

Change is hard! There may be a tendency to go back to the familiar even if it was bad for us rather than do the hard thing of pressing in and pressing on doing the work to grab hold of the new life God has ordained for you.  Don’t give up!  Don’t give in!  Don’t give out!  Be encouraged today the Best is yet to come!

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Celebrating Father’s Day

The importance of strong involved Fathers is undeniable.  A father is a blessing from God.  May you always honor him and let him know that you appreciate his presence in your life. Let him know what it has meant to you and how he has shaped your life.  It is a commandment from God to honor him. Ephesians 6:1-3 “Honor your father and mother which is the first commandment with a promise, so that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth”.  If you’re reading this and you did not have an active father in your life like me, God has you covered as well.  Psalm 68:5 says that “God is a father to the fatherless”!  God, our passage says, is a father to the fatherless.  God has the care and concern and compassion of an adoptive parent.  He treats those who have been mistreated, those who have had no dads, as His own children, amen.  If you are reading this and haven’t been the best father, it’s not to late.  Pray and  take action to turn things around with your children.  So Rejoice always in the goodness of the Lord.  Have a blessed father’s day weekend to all.

We have a number of men followers as well that read SCW bless their hearts, and I want to give a special shout out for Fathers, You are significant!  Happy fathers day from the SCW family!!!!

To My Husband: You give our children someone to admire, respect and honor.  You are a fantastic father!  Happy fathers day to my faithful Husband. The kids and I have a great weekend planned.  It’s your weekend !!!!!

Thinking about what to get Dad for father’s day?  You can start with your acknowledgement and appreciation for all he does and what he means in your life.  Appreciation is better than any gift.  For tangible fun gifts for Dad we’ve got some ideas.
Dad’s have complained that Mom’s get all the good gifts and they’d like to have something they can actually use. Start with his interests.  What does he like to do?  Is he a golfer?  A fisherman?  A tech guy like my husband.  Or is there something particular that he “needs” at this moment?  Whatever interests him tailor your gift toward that.
  • Golf accessories
  • Tech gadgets (Best buy always has great deals for father’s day)
  • Man Crates, (this place is awesome for catering to the interests of men), whatever he’s into they’ve got a crate. One year for fathers day I bought my husband a grilling crate. www.mancrates.com
  • The Man store if he’s a tool guy you can’t go wrong browse, www.manstoreonline.com
  • Gift certificate to his favorite restaurant
  • Cologne – Every woman loves a good smelling man.
  • “Things remembered” (this is an awesome store for memorable gifts, awesome keepsakes he’ll always remember, you can have items engraved. Check out www.thingsremembered.com
Make the most of your time spent with the special men in your life be it father, husband, brother, uncle, grandfather, son, have a blessed Holiday weekend from SCW.

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