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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Journal Entry

Im so tired, sleep deprived....Last night I couldn't turn my brain off, calculating and adding up how many hours my husband works, dividing by his pay for two jobs and what his actual take home, money in the bank pay equals out to be per hour. If we could only make more, if I could just make some money on his days off....
When he came home at 11:30 it was way past my bed time to get enough sleep, I poured my heart, fears, worries, and frustrations out to him, the tears released my mind and finally rest came.....
Sooner than I'd like it was 5:30 the time he gets up and Im committed to wake up too so we have time to connect, pray, and read in the Word of God together our daily food for the soul.
Unplanned but pretty common my youngest wakes up soon after we finish reading Proverbs 3 and I'm pouring my wake up cup of coffee,
I react with childlike selfishness, the thoughts of "I don't wanna" rose inside and I quickly stormed off to the back porch to soothe my childish thoughts with the flood of birds chirping and soon i was calm enough to greet my early riser with love and make his breakfast.
As I put the waffle in the toaster oven he quickly reacts with a hit on my leg and throwing himself down on the floor, I am still half awake at this time, hadn't touched my coffee and his request to put the waffle in the toaster oven was barely registered in my brain, he didn't approve. As anger and frustration grew in me I once again removed myself from the child and kitchen to the serene and peaceful scene on my back porch to still my mind and wait for him to calm down.
Daddy corrected his behavior and had him come give me a hug. I hugged him, oh how I love those babies hugs and wet sugars. I finished making his waffle and all is well once again.
The storms in our lives come and go like tyrrant waves crashing against a rocky coast line, water splashing over the other side of the boulder sized rocks-
Gods grace crashes on the rocks of our broken shorelines of emotions-
His waters soothe our heart, mind and soul with His love, His hope, His Peace, His comfort-
it is the home of nature where our souls long to be still and quiet within His gentle Presence.
He captivates our childlike wonder and curiosity with His grandiose promises of which no travel or venture in this world can give or offer.
He stills my wondering, calculating mind with His truth-
My trust in Him allows my mind to cease it's never ending thirst for answers and knowledge-
He's showed me His hand of love, which is greater
it quenches my curiosity, it is salve for all my wounds of the past and it is light in the darkness of what is still unknown of the present and the future yet to come.
‪#‎WordsofEncouragement‬

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Do You Struggle with Distractions Like I Do?

"The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and destroy.

 My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life." 

John 10:10

What a difference there is from God's purpose and the devils purpose. Do you struggle with distractions like I do? Do you find yourself luke warm for the purpose God's annointed and called you to because of these worldly desires and distractions? For me I've been spending too much time focusing on money: trying to sale things on fb resale, looking at stuff on there, talking about saving money in a group im in, looking for deals online. God is gentle and will nudge you with His soft but present conviction and He did this morning or maybe it was last night and I knew I needed to cut some cords and reprioritize and focus my attention.

"No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money." Matthew 6:24

How this verse from the Sermon on the Mount rings true for me today. It leaves a feeling of shame, guilt, disappointment but hope that I can correct my choices today and get back to my Master and devotion to Jesus Christ my Lord and Saviour. Everything suffers when we are not focused on what's important; our job and calling in life.
Mine is as a wife, mom, and prison minister all these areas suffer when my attention is glued on the computer screen doing the things of the world and not of God. My kitchen is a little messier, I don't cook as much, the laundry doesn't get put up and piles up, the bathroom goes dirty, the living room doesn't get mopped, organized and swept, my husband doesn't get my encouragement and attention, my children don't get my joy and patience and attention it's just like the Word says the thief comes to kill, steal and destroy our lives and you see that's what happens when we put the treasures of this world in place of Jesus.


"Don't store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be." Matthew 6:21

I have been waisting too much time trying to help my husband earn extra money to put torwards our emergency fund and then debt as part of the dave ramsey program we're following. It might be ok for some to do this and you can tell if your efforts are rewarded or wasted mine have been misdirected. we have a crappy market for selling everyone wants something for nothing I have two dressers for $40 each nobody is interested in buying them everyone is wanting to buy so cheap it's blowing my time that I should be using to write to you, spend with my children, cooking, cleaning,  organizing, etc. I am the manager of my home when my husbands gone and when he's home i'm his assistant. This is God's plans i'm speaking of not my own. So I either waste more time or I give it to God, submit unto Him. Today I choose to submit. But each day you will have to keep those prioritize in check.

One helpful tool is a daily thankful journal where you write what you are thankful for or a praise you can do this in the morning and before you go to bed; I haven't done this in a long time- too long; it's time to start again so I remember why my devotion is with God and not this world and the things of this world.

Also, my husband and me have started to read in the Word together in the morning I think this is why I can clearly see my misdirection of time. This takes an effort as I must get up at 5-5:30 but it's so worth it to be filled with the Living Word-soul food with my husband first thing each morning before he goes and works hard at 2 jobs, he just has enough time to come home at 4, eat something, say hello, take a shower, shave and goes to his second job from 5:30-11:30 and later. He's sacrificing his time, his sleep, his interests, for his family because we were convinced of what the Word of God says

"Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender." and the verse right above that instructs us to: "Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it." We are doing this by taking the time to get out of debt now so when are children are grown they can look to us as a good biblical example and that will make all the difference in the world that money or mere talk can not buy- the impression of your example living it out.

"A Time for Everything Ecclesiastes 3

 "For everything there is a season,
    a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
    A time to plant and a time to harvest.
A time to kill and a time to heal.
    A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to cry and a time to laugh.
    A time to grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
    A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
A time to search and a time to quit searching.
    A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear and a time to mend.
    A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate.
    A time for war and a time for peace.
What do people really get for all their hard work? 10 I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. 11 Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. 12 So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. 13 And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God."
dont let the devil take your joy from you, find that joy in Christ alone and he cant!

Love you in Christ's Love, Sister Kim Fincher

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Help us Help Syrian Refugees

http://www.persecution.com/actionpacks

Read for more information

Here's what we are needing:
gently used, like new, new only
  • Blanket
  • Jacket / windbreaker (adult or child)
  • Light sweater (adult or child)
  • Socks (Adult or Child)
  • Solid-color T-Shirt (any child size)
  • Bed sheet
  • Towel
  • Bar of Soap
  • Sponge or foam ball
Please send your donations to: Kimberly Fincher, PO BOX 2072, Corsicana, TX 75151 for a small box or package, for larger boxes or packages send directly to: Kim Fincher, 1813 Sycamore Ave, Corsicana, TX 75110

It's our hearts desire to fill atleast one pack per month which will contain 1-2 of each item and to do this we need your help! Together we can do more good!

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Christian Joy

I'm sure many of you are familiar with the Kon Mari Method to decluttering if not a big part of her method involves evaluating each item you own and only keep those things which spark joy, bring you joy. I've been wanting to declutter again and was thinking about this and it hit me a big flaw with this belief as a Christian and I asked myself, "Should stuff bring me joy?" and to answer that question I looked up joy in my NLT study bibles concordance and came to this post on Christian Joy it's on page 2017 and in Philippians 3:1, 4:4

Heres what it says: In this letter to a persecuted church, Paul urges Christians to be filled with joy just as he does the persectued Thessalonian believers ("always be joyful," 1 Thess. 5:16). In the last hours of his life, Jesus also desired that his disciples "be filled with (his) joy" (see John 15:11, 16:24)
Superficial happiness is dependant on circumstances. Christian joy is clearly different; it is rooted in a person's relationship with the Lord, and it is resilient even in the midst of suffering and death. Joy comes in knowing that whatever happens, God will use everything for our ultimate good (see Romans 5:3-4; 8:28). Believers also have joy from the dynamic presence of God's Spirit in their hearts (see Gal. 5:22). The real secret to a joyful life is in being continuously filled with the Holy Spirit (Eph 5:18) The life and attitude of believers are not defined by outward circumstances (or appearances) but by the relationship with the living God.

So in other words we should not be feeling joy from makeup, perfume, clothes, jewelry, shoes, tvs, cell phones, games, facebook, google, pinterest, food, cars, etc. These thing might make us feel happy for a moment but thats very temporary and we shouldn't rely on those things for our happiness and they cannot as a Christian bring us joy so if your are a follower of Christ I'd be bold to say you cannot follow the Kon Mari method and if you can then I'd be seriously questioning your hearts desires.

How do you experience joy? What are some ways you find yourself too happy with stuff? How will you make changes to get your desires and heart back with putting God first this week?

For me personally I see where I rely too much on my circumstances for happiness for example if my house is clean i feel happy but i should be able to turn to God even with a messy home and find his joy and peace so I'm going to work on that and remembering who I serve His plans are so much better than mine.

Heres my Youtube Channel I just started making videos but plan on doing more:

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Faith, Family, and Finances



Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Defeating the Giant



Do you know the story about David and Goliath?
It's found in 1 Samuel 17 if you need a refresher
Goliath was a giant and he challenged the army of the phillistines
nobody would fight him all they seen was his physical strength but David 
seen a man disrespecting God's army and David knew God was bigger than this giant
So David said he would fight Goliath and because of David's faith in God, 
He wasn't afraid of the physical limitations he had against the giant,
he didn't think of the odds being against him, in fact
he didn't even wear the typical armor or carry any weapon besides
his slingshot and God delivered the giant to David with a smooth rock.

I share this story with you this morning because my son who happens to be named David actually started a conversation with me of this story and as my husband has been working all the time and I'm sad, depressed, and frustrated that I never get to see him I thought my husband has the faith of David to defeat the giant-debt and God's given him the ability to work a 2nd job why should I fear and get in his way and so i've decided today to get out of the way and stop demanding date nights, and stop nagging him for working an extra hour or two in fact i'm going to insist he works as much as he possibly can because we are going to defeat that giant debt and the victory of freedom will be ours!

What giant is defeating you today? Are you standing up to it and ready to fight for freedom?
What steps can you take today to defeat the giant in your life?
Remember the victory is ours says the Lord! and the devil has already been defeated and in the end the ultimate victory is the Lord's. 
How will you put God first and walk in victory today?

I am going to continue watching youtube videos of people who are defeating that giant of debt here are a few channels i want to share with you they are following the DaveRamsey Program which is what we are also doing to get out of debt.

here's another channel that i get encouragement from because im thinking i admire her but i could never do that.  TheEncouragingHomeschoolMom

Here's one I like on saving money on groceries:

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Monday, May 9, 2016

10 Steps to Simplify Your Life




Keep It Simple Sisters!

1. Put God First! Family (spouse/children) 2nd, others in order of priority 3rd. This will help you stay on track and not get bogged down or loose focus.

2. Prioritize! that means you will need to say NO! a great tool to use is the calendar on your cell some have an option to write a note and set an alarm this is very helpful or you can use a cheap pocket calendar. Write down your commitments and make time for you to just do nothing too.

3. Live in a healthy environment. Don't go back to your old neighborhood or friends this is the #1 way to get off track and end up back in prison and usually over a lover. Stay away from that mess if you're serious about completing parole and staying out of prison.

4. Make new friends with people who can offer you good advice, wise counsel who are responsible and doing good. have a few accountability partners so you can make healthy choices. and cut the cord with those toxic friends and people who just want to get you in trouble and will bring you down and away from God's plans for you which includes those who drink, use drugs, party use profanity don't believe in God and don't work for a living. 

5. Get a legitimate job and make an income so you can take care of yourself. This will provide satisfaction like no other to use your God given hands and feet to work. Don't be picky either you've got to take what you can get. Go to the workforce center they will help you and have great resources for getting a job.

6. Respect and honor your parole officer. that person should be #1 after God on your list of relationships. Do exactly what they say and this will guarantee you stay of prison and stay free it's that simple friends!

7. Go to church-find a bible based church to worship, praise, and be fed the word of God don't work on sundays and wednesdays always leave that open for bible study and you will be blessed with that Word you are getting fed, go to each event and fellowship, yes it will be awkward and the church isn't filled with perfect people so dont look for one that is it's filled with undeserving sinners if you want to find a sound bible based church go to carm.org and look for how to find a church. make new friends who will accept you for where you are at it makes all the difference.

8. Learn how to budget and handle your finances the best resource i've found for that is dave ramsey he has a radio show, you tube videos, books and dvds i'd suggest going to his youtube channel. do this before you get your first paycheck it will be such a huge blessing.

9. simplify your life by avoiding clutter and only buying what is useful and a need, and feeding your body healthy good foods and using natural remedies that God's provided us.

10. Serve God the first and the last be a lite in the world and share your testimony, faith and use your spiritual gifts to bless and serve others. write a prisoner to encourage them, donate your time locally, be a generous giver. Keep it simple sister. KISS we are Living in the end-times be a LITE!


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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Homeschooling Relevance

I've been debating homeschooling since before my children were born and it seems I keep going back to it as my oldest is in Kindergarten and I see the words and behaviors he's bringing home from school and I wonder everything he's learning that I'm not even aware of through the 6 hours he's there and I think about the Word of God and how it says we are to train up our children in the way they should go and I feel I'm not doing this with him in the public school away from me for half the day. If you are considering homeschooling here's a great article for the full article please visit: Is Homeschooling Biblical? This is only a small portion from the article.
By Dr. Brian D. Ray
 
A clunkier and more academic title for this article would be, “Discipleship, Education, and Schooling of Children: A Biblical Perspective.” I kind of like it, but I am not writing for a philosophy journal right now. On the other hand, Christians must be scripturalists. That means they must be philosophers because they must love wisdom.
God’s Word, Not Human Experience
Where should Christians get wisdom? The Word of God. But very few--truly very few--Christians with whom I have ever talked about education start, travel, and end with God’s Word when it comes to the education of children--not church leaders, not parents, not professors of education at Christian colleges, and not certified teachers. But the Bible is where we must go on every topic.
(for the full article please visit: https://carm.org/is-homeschooling-biblical)
What Does God’s Word Say?
Perhaps most importantly, it is time for Christians to admit a few things that most have wanted to ignore for a long time. The first is that public (State, government-run) schools were never designed to lift up the name and truth of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to lead children and teens to enjoy and serve Him forever, and to teach students that all persons, including those in government-run agencies, should bow their knee to the King. There never existed the “good old days” when this was the main purpose of State-controlled schooling, for example, in the United States.[5]
Second, every believer (i.e., every parent, church leader, grandparent, each one who has a concern about the Biblical discipleship of the children or God’s children) should carefully try a thought experiment that is backed up by some work and energy. Imagine oneself as an alien to the Word of God and human society. Imagine putting aside one’s own childhood and all the biases picked up from one’s community, one’s own K-12 schooling experience or college background, one’s local church, one’s favorite Bible teacher, one’s denomination, and one’s civil nation. Then imagine picking up the Bible and reading from Genesis 1:1 through the end and asking the following two questions:
  1. To whom does God give (prescribe) the responsibility for, the authority over, and the duty to do the teaching, training, and indoctrination of children?
  2. Does God prescribe for His people to willfully put themselves or their children under the tutelage of pagans or nonbelievers? Or, does He forbid this?
Consider, for example, the following Scriptures in answering the two questions above:
  1. Exodus 34:10-16
  2. Deuteronomy 6:6 9
  3. Psalm 1:1 2
  4. Psalm 78:1 11
  5. Psalm 127:35
  6. Proverbs 4
  7. Proverbs 6:20-23
  8. Proverbs 13:20
  9. Proverbs 22:6
  10. Proverbs 23:7 (see NASB, KJV)
  11. Ecclesiastes 4:12
  12. Isaiah 54:13
  13. Jeremiah 10:2
  14. Ezekiel 33:1-9
  15. Mal. 4:5 6
  16. Matt 7:2429
  17. Matthew 18:1-7
  18. Matt. 22:21
  19. Luke 1:57-80
  20. Luke 6:39-40
  21. John 7:15
  22. 1 Corinthians 15:33
  23. 2 Corinthians 6:14
  24. 2 Corinthians 10:5
  25. Ephesians 6:4
  26. 2 Tim. 2:15
  27. 3 John 4
There are many more related to how God prescribes for His people to, and not to, raise their children.

Friday, May 6, 2016

The Day of Apostates (false believers) in the Church


"Let no one in any way deceive you, for it [Jesus' return] will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,"

FALSE: "Manifesting your dreams into reality" positive thoughts and good vibes

"Step one to getting what you want; believe that it can happen"

These are a sign of apostates in the church body when christians quote these new age spiritual beliefs; that time is now! 




"Apostasy means to fall away from the truth. Therefore, an apostate is someone who has once believed and then rejected the truth of God. Apostasy is a rebellion against God because it is a rebellion against truth. In the Old Testament, God warned the Jewish people about their idolatry and their lack of trust in Him. In the New Testament, the epistles warn us about not falling away from the truth. Apostasy is a very real and dangerous threat." source www.carm.org https://carm.org/apostasy-christian-church

TRUTH: We are to submit are will and plans and desires before the Lord and pray and seek His word for His best plans for our life. We don't always get to do what we want and we can not manifest our dreams; this is a non-christian belief system and is not in line with God's word or truth. Take up your cross and deny your flesh-that's the life of a born-again believer, disciple of Christ. You will know them by their fruit or lack of fruit. Do not be persuaded by apostates and be aware they are emerging everywhere listening to their own desires and not truly serving the Lord. Be discerning and careful as bad company corrupts good fruit. We should pray for the Lord's conviction and that they may wake up and come back to Christ and repent, but don't hang out with false believers; they've chosen to give into this world and it's temptations and will try to pull you down to in whatever dreams they are trying to manifest and make possible in their life on their own accord. Be careful body!
Stay in the Word and prayer daily so that you are moving down the narrow path and not the broad path which leads to destruction as many are today.
YouResources the Living In The End-times YRtheLITE 



Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Training Your Children Proverbs 22:6



Here's a great article from carm.org:

Like many I'm not able for various reasons to homeschool our children or afford a private christian education so we are training them how to be apart of the public school system (world) and teaching them our beliefs and moral values and the difference so that they can be a light in their schools and not be tempted by what their friends are doing but embrace being a christian and showing the love of Christ to their peers at school or wherever they are. Some ways we teach them our values and beliefs when they are not at school (are youngest is still at home), 
1. we cut out non-christian tv programs (netflix) and opted for christian entertainment tv only: Dove and Pureflixand we explained to them why we did this as we don't want them watching about magic and luck as this isn't our beliefs or values and the violence.
2. when a holiday is celebrated and we partake we teach them what are values and beliefs are and are not and explain the differences: christmas, easter, halloween, valentines day
3. we pray before each meal and as much as possible as a family making giving thanks to God an important theme in our home we remind our children how much we have and tell them how it is in 3rd world countries so they understand the value of all we have and giving thanks to God.
4. They see us pray and read in our bibles and we set aside time to study the word together at their age they usually play but eventually we will hope they will be interested too.
5. we read to them bible stories, take them to awana on wed and they have sunday school being involved in our local church family is so important even if it's only 2 days a week we know this is helping instill in them our values and beliefs as christians.
6. we are teaching them the value and importance of prayer and that they can pray anytime that God will hear the prayers of their hearts and we are getting them ready to be saved by teaching them what it means to accept Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.
7. We remind them how much we love them and that God made them special and unique in His image and has a special purpose and plans for their lives.
Take the time to train up your children in the way they should go as is pleasing to the Lord and His promise that they will not depart will happen and will not return void.






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