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Every Little Thing You Do…

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Really Does Matter To God!!

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1 Corinthians 10:31

“So whether you eat or drink

or whatever you do,

do it all for the glory of God.”

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1Peter 4:10

“Each of you

should use whatever gift you have received

to serve others,

as faithful stewards

of God’s grace in its various forms.”

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Colossians 3:17

“And whatever you do,

whether in word or deed,

do it all in the Name of the Lord Jesus,

giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

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Ephesians 2:10

“For we are God’s handiwork,

created in Christ Jesus

to do good works,

which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

You’re picking up toys on the living room floor
for the 15th time today
Matching up socks and sweeping up lost
Cheerios that got away
You put a baby on your hip and color on your lips
and head out the door
And while I may not know you I bet I know you
Wonder sometimes does it matter at all
Well let me remind you it all matters just as long as you

Do everything you do to the glory of the One who made you
‘Cause He made you to do
Every little thing that you do to bring a smile to His face
And tell the story of Grace
With every move that you make
And every little thing you do

Maybe you’re that guy with the suit and tie
Maybe your shirt says your name
You may be hooking up mergers, cooking up burgers
But at the end of the day

Little stuff, big stuff, in between stuff
God sees it all the same
And while I may not know you I bet I know you
Wonder sometimes does it matter at all
Well let me remind you it all matters just as long as you do

Everything you do to the glory of the One who made you
‘Cause He made you
To do every little thing that you do to bring a smile to His face
And tell the story of Grace with every move that you make
And every little thing that you do

Well, maybe you’re sitting in math class
Maybe on a mission in the Congo
Maybe you’re working at the office
Singing along with the radio
Maybe you’re dining at a five star
Or feeding orphans in Myanmar
Anywhere and everywhere you are
Whatever you do it all matters
So do what you do and don’t ever forget to do

Everything you do to the glory of the One who made you
‘Cause He made you to do
Every little thing that you do to bring a smile to His face
And tell the story of Grace as you do
Everything you do to the glory of the One who made you
‘Cause He made you to do
Every little thing that you do to bring a smile to His face
And tell the story of Grace with every move that you make
And every little thing that you do
Every little thing you do

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This includes every Mom– smiling while wiping off the highchair, and the floor around it, yet AGAIN!!

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This includes every Teacher-cheerfully, reminding kids ONCE AGAIN to be kind to each other!

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This includes every Dad-happily playing with the kids, even AFTER a tough day at work!

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This includes every Waiter/Waitress/Salesperson/Cashier-being patient EVERY DAY with difficult customers!

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This includes every Student-Doing well in school, even when they’d rather be ANYWHERE else!

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This includes-WHOEVER YOU ARE

 And WHATEVER YOU DO

For the GOD WHO MADE YOU!

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This Includes YOU!

And EVERY LITTLE THING YOU DO

For THE GLORY OF GOD!! 

Amen!

“Some Fell On Rocky Places…”

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(All the photos on this post were taken by my sister, Tina!)

Matthew 13:5-6

Some (seed) fell on rocky places,

where it did not have much soil.

It sprang up quickly,

because the soil was shallow.

But when the sun came up,

the plants were scorched,

and they withered because they had no root.”

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 Matthew 13:13-17

Though seeing, they do not see;   

though hearing,

they do not hear or understand.

In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:

‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;   

you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.

For this people’s heart has become calloused;   

they hardly hear with their ears,   

and they have closed their eyes.

Otherwise they might see with their eyes,   

hear with their ears,   

understand with their hearts

and turn,

and I would heal them.’

But blessed are your eyes because they see,

and your ears because they hear.

For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people

longed to see what you see

but did not see it,

and to hear what you hear

but did not hear it.”

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Matthew 13:18-23

“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means:

When anyone hears the message about the Kingdom

and does not understand it,

the evil one comes and snatches away what

was sown in their heart.

This is the seed sown along the path.

The seed falling on rocky ground

refers to someone who hears the Word

and at once receives it with joy.

But since they have no root,

they last only a short time.

When trouble or persecution

comes because of the Word,

they quickly fall away.

The seed falling among the thorns

refers to someone who hears the Word,

but the worries of this life

and the deceitfulness of wealth

choke the Word,

making it unfruitful.

But the seed falling on good soil

refers to someone who hears the Word

and understands it.

This is the one who produces a crop,

yielding a hundred,

sixty 

or thirty times what was sown.”

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Don’t let your heart become calloused!

Open your eyes to

See...

Open your ears to…

Hear the Word

Open your heart to…

Understand the Word

Turn to the Lord…

He will Heal…

So you can be Fruitful

and…

Produce a Crop!!

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Amen!

Grow A “Compact Organic” Garden!!

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This is so amazing!!

Walt is a former East Orange, NJ police officer, who my husband worked with…

To see his photos, go to:

http://www.nj.com/cranford/index.ssf/2013/08/kenilworth_compact_organic_gar.html#incart_river

By Cranford Chronicle
on August 19, 2013 at 5:36 PM, updated August 19, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Homeowners who think their yard is just too small for a garden that produces the high yields they desire may have to think again.

Walter Sosnosky has about 500 individual plants on property only 50 feet wide and 100 feet long at his home in Kenilworth.

He grows everything from arugula to sweet banana peppers, as well as herbs and flowers.

His plant inventory is even more impressive when taking into account that there is, of course, a house on the lot;

as well as a 20-foot-long driveway; a 30-by-16-foot pool; a patio; a deck; and two sheds.

He does it all using a method called Compact and Organic Gardening.

“What I have done is thrown out the book on conventional gardening,”

Sosnosky said.

“In modern terms, I have gone rough.”

He gives an example:

The golden rule on tomatoes, he said, is that they are not to be grown within about 2 to 3 feet of one another.

“Mine are approximately one foot apart and I intermingle them with eggplants, bell peppers and garlic,”

Sosnosky said.

“So as they grow, the plants support each other in the growing process.”

To ensure everything is organic, he follows a strict protocol. Here are some of rules he adheres to:

1. To ward off ants, he sprinkles instant grits across the problem area.
2. To keep away squirrels and other creatures in the rodent family, he grows peppermint among other plants.
3. To keep the yard bug-free, he recommends spraying a mixture of antiseptic mouth wash and lemon-scented dish-washing soap.
4. To keep a good PH balance in the soil, use coffee grounds and ground egg shells. This also helps discourage slugs, and keeps the neighborhood cat and dog from next door from roaming around, he said.

“In the fertilizer department, I use fish emulsion, beer and sugared colas,”

Sosnosky said.

“These all add to robust and healthy plant life.”

“Make the effort and the rewards are yours,”

he said,

explaining that those practicing compact organic gardening will be repaid with a bounty of vegetables, herbs and fruits,

like “lush Jersey tomatoes,” married with the “fresh scents of basil, rosemary and lavender, to name a few.”

Here’s an inventory of all the types of plants, with numbers of each type, growing on Sosnosky’s less than 1/8 of an acre:

Alyssum 12; Eggplant 22; Rutgers Tomatoes 6; Lemon Boy Tomatoes 6; Marigolds 24; Cucumbers 6; Beef Master Tomatoes 5; Blueberry Bush 1; Impatiens 140; Lobelia 32; Dianthus 12; Verbena 12; Snap Peas 21; Garlic Plants 25; Basil 6; Habanera Peppers 5; Snap Dragons 11; Gazania 9; Salmon Geranium 10; Petunias 59; Raspberry Plants 4; Bell Peppers 2; Jalapeño Peppers 4; Cayenne 3; Sweet Banana Peppers 4; Pop Pop Peppers 2; Better Boy Tomatoes 3; Parsley 4; Arugula 4; Super Sonic Tomatoes 9; Rosemary 1; Greek Oregano 1; Lavender 1; Horseradish 1; Butterfly Bush 1; Assorted Wild Flowers 50.

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Psalms 1:3

“…like a tree planted by streams of water,   

which yields its fruit in season

and whose leaf does not wither—   

whatever they do prospers.”

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Psalm 65:9-13

“You care for the land and water it;   

You enrich it abundantly.

The streams of God are filled with water   

to provide the people with grain,   

for so You have ordained it.

You drench its furrows and level its ridges;  

You soften it with showers and bless its crops.

You crown the year with Your bounty,   

and Your carts overflow with abundance.

The grasslands of the wilderness overflow;   

the hills are clothed with gladness.

The meadows are covered with flocks   

and the valleys are mantled with grain;   

they shout for joy and sing.”

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Psalm 96:11-12

“Let the Heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;

Let the sea resound, and all that is in it.

Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;   

let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.”

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Psalm 104:14, 27-28

“He makes grass grow for the cattle,   

and plants for people to cultivate—   

bringing forth food from the earth:

All creatures look to You   

to give them their food at the proper time.

When You give it to them,   

they gather it up;

when You open Your Hand,   

they are satisfied with good things.”

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God grows good things!!

Amen!!

If You Listen Carefully To God’s Voice, You’ll Hear This, Too!

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http://www.incourage.me/2013/07/why-you-dont-have-to-hurry-today.html

Please check out Holley’s entire blog!  I love this!!

topics:

Everyday Faith

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Photo by Sasha Trubetskoy

I stare out the window into the backyard. From my breakfast table I can see a summer robin fluffing out her feathers. The trees reach up to the sky with new leaves that wave good morning. A chubby squirrel gathers a few acorns to save for later. As I look, I realize the pace beyond my windows is so different than the one within them. We, as humans, are tempted to hurry. And yet it seems God is intent on slowing us down.

He gives us a Sabbath and we work through the weekend.

He gives us three meals a day to let us slow down and we pick fast food.

He gives us eight hours of sleep a night and we try to squeak by on far less.

We hurry when we’re afraid that we’ll be late, miss out on something, or disappoint someone. God doesn’t need to hurry because he has all the time in eternity. This is good news for us, friends. It means…

God will not rush your healing.

And God will not rush your growth.

God is okay with where you are right now. He’s not tapping his toe impatiently. He’s not looking at his watch with a sigh. He’s not trying to get you out the door a few minutes sooner. The God who loves you is willing to give you the time you need. All of time belongs to him and he is generous with it. He gives it freely to fluffy birds and friendly trees and chubby squirrels. And he’ll give it to you.

XOXO

Holley

Friendship Is A Beautiful Thing!!

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My dear friend, her family, and their dog traveled this summer to…

Door County, Wisconsin…

Let’s take a look at her beautiful photos!!

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Ahhhh…peace and quiet!!

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I see their dog feel’s right at home!!

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She snapped this photo for me…

The Italian!!

So I’d feel welcome, too!

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I love this beautiful 4th of July floral arrangement!!

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Vibrant colors in a background of lush green!!

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Deep purple…

The color of royalty!!

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Lilac-colored lollipop flowers???

Can we blow on these???

Or run with them in the wind???

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Cotton Candy, anyone???

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Pick me a big bouquet!!!

Genesis 1:31

“God saw all that He had made,

and it was very good…”

2 Corinthians 13:11

 “Finally, brothers and sisters,

rejoice!

Strive for full restoration,

encourage one another,

be of one mind,

live in peace.

And the God of love and peace will be with you.”

Amen!

Who God Says You Are…

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In Christ…

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“…fearfully and wonderfully made.”  Psalm 139:14

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“…the apple of His eye.”  Psalm 17:8

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 “…His treasured possession.”  Deuteronomy 7:6

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“…a child of God.” John 1:12

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“…a friend of Jesus.”  John 15:15

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“…justified and redeemed.”  Romans 3:24

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“…no longer a slave to sin.”  Romans 6:6

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“…fellow heir with Christ.”  Romans 8:17

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“…accepted by Christ.”  Romans 15:7

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“…a new creature in Christ.”  2 Corinthians 5:17

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“…redeemed and forgiven by the grace of Christ.”  Ephesians 1:7

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“…set free in Christ.”  Galatians 5:1

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 “…holy and dearly loved.”  Colossians 3:12

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 “…chosen.”  Thessalonians 1:4

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“…a branch of the true vine…”  John 15:1.5

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“…called to be a saint.”  1 Corinthians 1:2

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“…a citizen of Heaven.”  Philippians 3:20

This is your identity in Christ!!

Now…

Align your self-image…

With God’s image of you!

And be fully assured…

That if they don’t line up…

You must be the one in error!!

Because He’s never wrong!

Branch Out!!

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“He that trusteth in his riches shall fall:

but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.”

Proverb 11:28

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Stay Attached To The True Vine!

Bear Fruit!

Accept Pruning…

Be Even More Fruitful!

Remain!!

Be His Friend!

Love!

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John 15

The Vine and the Branches

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 “I Am the true vine, and My Father is the gardener.

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He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit,

while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes

so that it will be even more fruitful.

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You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.

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 Remain in Me, as I also remain in you.

No branch can bear fruit by itself;

it must remain in the vine.

Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me.

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I Am the vine;

you are the branches.

If you remain in Me and I in you,

you will bear much fruit;

apart from Me you can do nothing.

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 If you do not remain in me,

you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers;

such branches are picked up,

thrown into the fire and burned.

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If you remain in Me and My words remain in you,

ask whatever you wish,

and it will be done for you.

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This is to my Father’s Glory,

that you bear much fruit,

showing yourselves to be my disciples.

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As the Father has loved Me,

so have I loved you.

Now remain in My love.

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If you keep my commands,

you will remain in My love,

just as I have kept my Father’s commands

and remain in His love.

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I have told you this so that My joy

may be in you

and that your joy may be complete.

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My command is this:

Love each other

as I have loved you.

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Greater love has no one than this:

to lay down one’s life for one’s friends

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You are My friends

if you do what I command

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I no longer call you servants,

because a servant does not know his master’s business.

Instead, I have called you friends,

for everything that I learned from My Father

I have made known to you. 

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You did not choose Me,

but I chose you and appointed you

so that you might go and bear fruit—

fruit that will last—

and so that whatever you ask in My Name the Father will give you.

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This is my command:

Love each other.”

You’re Branches!!!

Remain attached to The Vine!

Flourish

and

Branch Out!

Bear Fruit!

Love

He Wills It!