Thursday, July 12, 2018

Are You a "Closet" Perfectionist?



I once had a dear friend and neighbor who told me I was a perfectionist (she and I worked together too - she was one of my staff RNs and a Christian gal) I said "Dawn?! Me, a perfectionist? You have seen my dusty house..." (I was working more than 40 hours a week as assistant and then acting director of nurses at a skilled nursing facility - rehab and convalescent hospital).

She said "let me explain - is this you? You want to clean the kitchen and start with the drawers - you need to organize them more - and think about getting a box for your safety pins, another for the pens and pencils, one for paper clips.... and then, "man, there isn't time in my day to do it RIGHT, it will have to wait..." and you go on to something else...

"Well, you are RIGHT, Dawn - that is like the tape recorder in my mind!"

"Marijo, that is exactly how a perfectionist thinks... maybe a frustrated perfectionist but a perfectionist..."

Moving right along - now that I am "retired" and even before...

My closet - yep there are some piles of shoes on the floor. the rest of the closet is organized in the rainbow colors for tops.... we start with beige, then yellow, then orange - so when I am picking a pair of pants or a jumper and want to do a red shirt and shoes – easy-peasy.

I have some folded jeans - a pile of 14s for when I want real loose pants, the 12s that fit are hanging up on pant hangers (the kind that holds about 4 pairs on each hanger in stacked layers) and the slightly smaller 12s? In a stack for when I lose weight. Then in the spare closet I hang up dresses, keep the few "heels" I have left in a shoe organizer. I have a shoe organizer in the main closet too with like colors in the same compartment together.

(We will pause here to take out Kleenex... to laugh or cry as you are inclined. Mrs. Organization has bed linens in the dryer - almonds in the oven roasting and the timer set while typing away to her friend Jean - hey, what do I smell? Oh, no, I left the timer in the KITCHEN... the $19 batch of almonds are slightly over roasted but Mick loves them that way - he says, hope he wasn't just trying to make me feel better the last time I did this, by saying that... not usually his style though.) (BTW at that price we will be switching to some other nut - they began at $14 for 3# and now up to $19 - too high - more than we spend on meat)

In the spare closet - I also have stacks of favorite jeans in size 10L, 8L and even a stray 7 WAITING for that magical day when I LOSE again - only my favorite ones - I gave the rest to the church clothing exchange and rummage sale - honest.

Mick put a vertical shelf stack in our closets and 2 horizontal ones and a top rod and a bottom rod (we do shirts and pants hangers so that is double space and the dreaded dresses are in the WIC (walk in closet) in the computer room as are the off season clothes - mostly mine.

My spices, in the kitchen, are on little plastic lazy Susans - in neat, alphabetical order, of course. Who wants to spend 20 minutes looking for oregano when you can whirl to the "O" section and grab it immediately?

Please do not choke up on the smell of slightly over toasted almonds - I am doing enough choking for both of us...

Friday, July 6, 2018


God of love and So Much More….


Believe and obey were implied in the original language (for the word used for “believe”) AND if we love we will have obedient responses… We become “bond slaves” to Christ Jesus…. (Doulos) and a slave is a slave – when we are a slave to Christ it is our of our love for Him and our devotion to Him… yes, He also calls us friends …. HE is not the seeker friendly love-y dove-y savior portrayed in many churches – yes, He seeks us, yes, He is friendly – he will also judge us and there are many verses which say if you love me then…. (feed my sheep, be ye doers of the Word and not hearers only etc)

HE is love – yes, HE also shows mercy, grace

And he is judge

Preach the Word ] I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom:

Many facets to this person we call Lord…

Not sure if this helps but accountability is a part of His love – think toddler…. If mama doesn’t hold the child accountable how loving is that? If mama sees the baby running full tile towards the street should she not do something to make that child realize the danger?

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Rare photo (for me) of a baby pronghorn! They usually are moving too fast!


Sunday, June 24, 2018

JUDGING?


JUDGING?
VERY volatile topic which IS addressed in the Word of God....
If you saw a neighbors house on fire, you would go and make sure they were not inside, wouldn't you? I would want a neighbor to come to me the same as I would want a brother or sister to come if I was walking dangerously close to the edge and about to fall off.... not done with this topic  and praying for words and His wisdom to finish writing it. Had to post what I have so far as this is so needed these days of many taking offence and walking straight into the enemy's arms.
"Fruit inspector" scriptures
God have given us guidelines on being "fruit inspectors" in His word. This is not an exhaustive list but a beginning. So many now, seem to yell "you're judging me" or "don't judge them..." but there are verses which address what we are supposed to do as believers. Hope to write a much needed and more in depth article on this topic soon. Marijo
1 Thessalonians 5:22King James Version (KJV)
22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
Consider this exhortation in I Corinthians 5:9-13:
I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—
not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world.
But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.
What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside?
God will judge those outside. "Expel the wicked man from among you" (NIV).
Here Paul instructs the Corinthians to judge those within the church. They must also judge those who are not in the church in the sense of evaluation, or otherwise how would we know that they are immoral, greedy, etc.? There can actually be no true relationships without judgment that is evaluation. We are judging others all of the time whether we realize it or call it that or not. What we must learn to do is judge righteously, or rightly. This begins with not trying to assume things we really don’t know about the motives of others. It also applies to judging those who are within our sphere of authority, as Paul is pointing out to the Corinthians in the text above.
Matthew 7:14-16
New King James Version (NKJV)
14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
You Will Know Them by Their Fruits
15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles?
Psalm 66:18
If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear.
1 Corinthians 6:3-12
New King James Version (NKJV)
3 Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life? 4 If then you have judgments concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge? 5 I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren? 6 But brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers!
7 Now therefore, it is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another. Why do you not rather accept wrong? Why do you not rather let yourselves be cheated? 8 No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and you do these things to your brethren! 9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals,[a] nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
Glorify God in Body and Spirit
12 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
James 5:19-20New King James Version (NKJV)
Bring Back the Erring One
19 Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, 20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul[a] from death and cover a multitude of sins.
Corinthians 5:12-13New King James Version (NKJV)
12 For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? 13 But those who are outside God judges. Therefore “put away from yourselves the evil person.”

Ephesians 5:8-21New King James Version (NKJV)

Walk in Light

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit[a] is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. 14 Therefore He says:
“Awake, you who sleep,

Arise from the dead,

And Christ will give you light.”

Walk in Wisdom

15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another in the fear of God.
Just some quick thoughts on being a fruit inspector from God's Word.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Word from the Lord January 2018


A Word the Lord Laid on my heart last January...

The Son is shining down on you, child, to light your day and show the pathway. HE loves you with a never-ending love – His love is full, all encompassing, rich and complete. Teaching, guiding, encouraging and enrapturing you. So you can reach out, being His hands and arms extended, to those who haven’t slowed down enough (cares of this world) to MEET the Lord Jesus Christ and His forgiveness/freedom.

Walk in His truth, moment by moment. Listen to His heart on a daily basis and impart the essence of Jesus to others through your actions, choices, speech and witness.

Time IS short. Soon and very soon you ARE going to see the KING!!!  NO compromise to His teachings nor Word, humble yourself – walk in His humbleness and truth. The Bride is to walk as a living example of “changed lives” – made new and whole by the Creator of the Universe, for ALL to see. Response time is now, for multitudes. My Spirit is wooing, drawing and enlightening; with dreams, visions, practical revelation into hearts and lives around the globe. Pray, agree with ME in prayer, that many may come to KNOW; that many may come to “hear and see” the one who sets FREE.

Not by might, not by power but by MY Spirit says the Lord. Truth in the telling will light up the HOPE many people have looked for over time. I AM – still and always faithful. I AM HE. I AM the only way to the Father. I AM near to all who seek ME. I AM love. I AM…..  and can be SAVIOR, to whosoever WILL.

Calling out – I paid the price for your forgiveness – calling out – I set captives free – answered call – COME TO ME ALL who are WEARY and HEAVY LADEN and I WILL give you rest while setting you FREE – there is no greater freedom that that found in ME. And no true freedom without Me.
The Son is shining down on you, child, to light your day and show the pathway. Empowering you to walk therein. SHOUT for JOY. And again, I say REJOICE.

Friday, June 15, 2018

BROKEN BY PERFECT LOVE


Broken by Perfect Love

Thank You for tears of the years released
For knowledge within my gut
That when all the shaking uncertainty
Stopped
Jesus alone would be left standing.

Praise You for Your grace,
Which enabled me to place,
The cutting edge of Your Word
To my infected, imperfect soul,
Not to run away with the job half done

For Your incredible love which saw beyond,
 Where the pieces of self, pride, lack of wisdom, unthinking comments and presumption lay
To the possibility of little girl innocence restored
Jesus gently pursued and worked on that task,
Setting me miraculously FREE.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. (NIV)


There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. (NIV)


You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. (NIV)


Saturday, June 9, 2018

Friendship with the Holy Spirit


Friendship with the Holy Spirit (6 benefits of though there are many, many more…)

Luke 11:9-13
Acts5:32 person
2 Cor 5:4-7
Jn 20:22
Pray TO the Holy Spirit

Six benefits of friendship with the Holy Spirit

1)power Acts 1:8, Acts 2:1-4, I Cor 13, Ro 5:5
2) love I Cor 13 (and a few of the above – got behind in my notes)
3) fruit Gal 5:22-26
4) gifts Acts 2 whole chapter
5) help and counsel Jn 14:16-17, Jn 14:26 Jn 16 whole chapter – pray to ask the Holy Spirit for a scripture in witnessing to others etc.
6) representation (before the Father) and communion Ro 8:26-28

We are THE CALLED according to His purpose…

Marijo’s #7 – purity or holiness…. I Peter 1:14-16, PS 51:7, 10, ICor 3:16