My Dear Child,

I have loved you with an everlasting love, a love true and fast. Be My instrument of love, to the world, through your writings, and through your thoughts concerning me.  They truly do not know me…. my heart for them. Write my story to them, my love for and to them. Winsome Ways is about my love for my children, about their love for me, saith thy God~

Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.

I had lost sight of what God had called me to….  This morning, a gentle loving reminder from my Heavenly Father~

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New Years Resolutions, NOT

 

sharons book cover photoHappy January 1, 2017
….For many years I have kept a diary/notebook with all my thoughts, ideas, dreams, goals, prayers, bible studies, words, inspirations, and instructions from God. It’s weird, but I always get excited when I have completely filled a notebook and it’s time to start a new one. It’s like a fresh new start or beginning, I can hardly wait to get home with it and spend some time praying and then listening for Gods voice as He gives me new revelations, or new directions for my life…. updates to whats ahead, or changes that may be coming. Sometimes it’s changes I need to make in my life, negative stuff that’s holding me back from success in a particular area of my life. This is exactly what I feel each New Year! I hear some suggest, well, it’s just another day. I guess it’s just how each of us perceive it…I see it as an opportunity to make a change or maybe to begin a new way of improving me, a new chance to draw closer to the Lord, my husband or others in my life, whom I love with all my heart, but may not always show it. I’m rambling here….. My thoughts this morning while everyone still sleeps…. I’m 67 years old, I need to lose weight, I need to take better care of “me”, I need to sleep more, exercise more, which is really dumb of me, seeing that my Son, Tommy, (love u Tommy) is a personal Trainer….. I did try his boot camp for awhile, lost weight, got stronger, felt better, slept better…. so why did I quit?!!? Still rambling here…. I am not a procrastinator, I am a get it done kind of person in most areas of my life, in keeping house, responsibilities in my life, in things of the Lord, but as I’m writing this morning, I’m seeing so clearly that my area of weakness is in taking good care of “me”. My daughter in law, Dana whom I so love, has a spa, where they offer services such as… facials, chemical peels, massages, permanent makeup, eyelashes, fantastic line of skin care that she developed, mani-pedis, the list just goes on and on….all this at my beck and call, and still I neglect myself?!!? That is where my thoughts are this morning as I begin a new notebook and a new year…..
Sounds as if I’m about to make a New Years Resolution here?!!? but, really…. Why are Resolutions so easily given up on, broken, put off til the next year? Why does our resolve to get it done begin to waver by January 5th, or so?
Resolution: a firm decision to do or not to do something.
synonyms: intention, resolve, decision, intent, aim, plan, decidedness, decisiveness, determinedness, firmness, granite, purposefulness, resoluteness, determination, resolve, stick-to-itiveness
antonyms: doubt, indetermination, uncertainty; aversion, disinclination, indisposition, reluctance, unwillingness, hesitation, indecision, indecisiveness, irresoluteness, irresolution, vacillation, halt, stalemate
Two years ago I began a horrendous year of illness that put me in bed and brought a stop to all that I loved to do…the illness lasted one year…. I had 100% bowel blockage, I had three surgeries, a temporary colonostomy, was home bound with homecare coming in, could not clean my house, etc. my Sweet William took care of the house, and cooking, and me! I absolutely hated it!!! I felt like a closed in prisoner…. I determined that the bowel blockage was due to my not taking care of myself…so I “resolved” that I would begin to work on that area of my life….. I started out with a bang, my husband and I began walking every day, eating more healthy, and then gradually it all just fizzled out.
I resolve to “NOT” make a resolution this year! Instead… I make a firm decision to begin a plan to take better care of myself “ME”. A plan that will work for me. A plan that involves healthy, gradual changes. I make a firm decision to begin life changes thats all about “ME”… and no one else. I tend to worry to much about what others think about me…. I make a firm decision to care about what God thinks and I think and less about what others think. Does this sound selfish?? Maybe?!? Probably?!? But if they love me, they will understand!
Baby steps, instead of huge leaps and bounds, that are ever lasting, gradual long lasting changes in my, “OUR” diet… I’m including My Sweet William, here! If I just make gradual changes, maybe he won’t notice that his dinner is not fried every night, but just once or twice a week… ha! Think I’m on to something. Maybe I can come up with a recipe for “Healthy” cookies for him. Yep! He’s the cookie monster! Kimberly..(I love u Kinley)no more homemade chocolate or peanut butter cookies for your dad, or bags of sweets for his special occasions. Just because he’s slim and trim doesn’t mean he’s eating healthy??!! Besides, I end up eating them too!!!
2017 is the year for Me and My Sweet William (aka: Bill) to get moving and eating great, yummy, delicious, yet, healthy stuff! Check back in with ya’ll on more of this subject in 2018!!!!
Sharon Middleton,
BTW; Do you “know” my Savior? His Name is Jesus, the King of all Kings and the Lord of all Lords. Jesus is the “Only” Name given whereby men can be saved! Ask Him in today, into your heart, into your life, you’ll never regret it!

God is Molding My Core Beliefs

The Lord has been talking to me this morning about my “Core Beliefs” ….my value system, my philosophy in life…In the greek, philosophy is defined as “Love of wisdom”. I started thinking about that. Gods Word says that we are to seek wisdom, get wisdom…. Psalms 90:12 says…. So teach us to number our days, that we may get us a heart of wisdom. Amplified version

The KJV says…Psalms 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

My heart is the  center of me and my life…my core, you might say!!?
My heart must be the center of my belief system… my core belief, develops here, evolves here, and forever rest here.

As a Christian, I need to be analyzing and dissecting my life, my core beliefs, my inner man, as to whether I’m living and walking according to my core beliefs….and my philosophy in life. philosophy is defined as… The study of ideas about knowledge, “TRUTH”, the nature and meaning of life, a particular set of ideas about knowledge, TRUTH, the nature and meaning of life~  As a Christian, my philosophy in life, my core belief system is not to be founded on the things of this world we live in… but it’s to be founded and ingrained into my spirit man, from GODS TRUTH!!! Gods Word is to be our moral compass, our core belief system must always be grounded in Gods WORD!! Truth is what drives me in my core beliefs. Gods Word is to be written upon the table of my heart. That is what will help me to instill my core beliefs, my inner compass, my value system. People in this world who do not understand this standard of the Christian life, cannot possibly understand why we take the stands we take, or what motivates us in the directions of our life!!! We have decided, have made a firm decision to follow Christ, that involves following His Word, because He is the Word! The bible tells us that Christ is the Word. We know Him by and through His Word. Makes perfect sense to me. My Core Belief System is founded on God and His Word.

Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

Psalms 119:10-12 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes.

Hebrews 4:12 For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.

Proverbs 4:20-22 My son, attend to my words; consent and submit to my sayings. Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart. For they are life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh.

My Landing Place

…..but the people who “KNOW” their God shall prove themselves strong and shall stand firm and do exploits [for God].
Daniel 11:32-b

You can know there is a God, but the fun starts when you take the time on a daily basis to really get to know God and who HE is when you honor HIM with your time…. In a relationship, how can you really get to know someone and who they are and what they want from your relationship, unless you spend quality / quantity time with them. I have spent 41 years studying and researching and reading Gods Word…and it is still just a drop in the bucket of “KNOWING HIM”. Guess we must ask ourselves…. is HE important enough to us, to give HIM our attention and spend time loving Him, singing and worshipping HIM, learning all about HIM. They will know us by our fruit! I have read that the Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree….Lord Jesus, I want to land right at your feet and stay there~
Sharon Middleton
February 7, 2016

After The Fire

Philippians 4:11 (amp) Not that I am implying that I was in any personal want, for I have learned how to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am.

After the war it is easy to be at peace and contented… but this is where God wants us to “remain”… during the war. Within every crisis there is a secret place in God… wherewith we can be totally at peace and contented…. we must find that place in the midst of the fire. I have come to understand that having nothing and yet knowing I possess all things through and in Christ is the key. God wants us to learn to stand up and say… “I Know” in Whom I have believed and that “HE” is able. Walking through the middle of an onslaught of satan, yet…. Having a deep solid trust…in knowing that the King of all Kings is still on the throne. A song comes to mind… (“He lives” see the lyrics below.) I serve a RISEN Savior….. Jesus is His Name…. If you don’t have this peace, this contentment and assurance in the midst of the storm…maybe, just maybe… He (Jesus) is the answer. Ask Him to come into your heart and to forgive “ALL” your sin…. Jesus is faithful and loving and wants you as His own. Sharon Middleton

On Philippians 4:11….(From Believer’s Bible Commentary) In handling the whole subject of finances, it is lovely to see the delicacy and courtesy which Paul employs. He does not want them to think that he is complaining about any shortage of funds. Rather, he would have them know that he is quite independent of such mundane circumstances. He had learned … to be content, no matter what his financial condition might be. Contentment is really greater than riches, for “if contentment does not produce riches, it achieves the same object by banishing the desire for them.”
“It is a blessed secret when the believer learns how to carry a high head with an empty stomach, an upright look with an empty pocket, a happy heart with an unpaid salary, joy in God when men are faithless” (Selected).

Alfred Ackley wrote the lyrics to He Lives!

I serve a risen Savior, He’s in the world today;
I know that He is living whatever men may say;
I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer,
And just the time I need Him, He’s always near.

Refrain:
He lives, He lives,
Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me
Along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He lives,
Salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart.

In all the world around me I see His loving care,
And tho’ my heart grows weary I never will despair;
I know that He is leading thro’ all the stormy blast,
The day of His appearing will come at last.

Your Reasonable Service Is….

Your Reasonable Service Is…

Romans 12:1 (amp) I APPEAL to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.

Romans 12:2(KJV) And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

God is saying to us in Romans 12:1-2 that we are to make a decisive dedication of our bodies, which include all our members and faculties. (Any and all of the powers of the body and mind) After all God created us in His likeness. He wants every part of our being to be available and dedicated for His service. God takes care of me in all His wondrous power… so shouldn’t I make all my power and abilities available to Him and for service to God and His people. He wants us to serve Him with our full faculties and our whole heart. (Romans 12:2 tells us that this can happen by one thing! ….but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind~ Renewing of my mind is to happen by spending time getting to know God and His Word (Bible). Going to Gods Word in times of problems that we can’t work out in our own finite mind. God will lead us to the very solution that we need in our life, through reading and studying His Word. That is where we will find what feeds and trains our minds…our faculties, which have been reborn in and by the Spirit of God.

I am renewing myself to Gods Word this morning, due to becoming lax and a little negligent of my time with Him during the last 6 or 7 months while I was ill. I want to be and do my best for my Heavenly Father… because that is what I get from Him! His upmost for me is more than enough, and my upmost for Him is due Him every day of my life… rain or shine!

DECISIVE:
Definition: settling an issue; producing a definite result. (of a person) having or showing the ability to make decisions quickly and effectively.

synonyms: resolute, firm, strong-minded, strong-willed, determined; purposeful, forceful, dead set, unwavering, unyielding, unbending, inflexible, unshakable!

BTW: Do you “Know” my Savior? Jesus is His Name. The Only Name given… whereby men can be saved. A simple thing to do. From your heart… Admit that you are a sinner in need of a Savior, ask Him to forgive you of all your sin. Invite Him to come into you heart and lead you every day by His Spirit. He loves you and wants to walk with you through the rest of your life.
Sharon D. Middleton

Intelligence Of The Heart

Intelligence Of The Heart

Intellectuals really mean little to me, in fact I’m bored with a lot of their conversation.  So many times it has no heart substance, it’s just a lot of information that I just don’t care about.  I am impressed with people who speak from their heart, even if it doesn’t sound all that intelligent, or they don’t use correct words or pronunciation.  Who really cares about that stuff!?  Not me.  I’m more interested in the heart/feelings in or behind what they are trying to say.  I want to hear people who speak from the abundance of their heart, not the stored up information from their head. You can feel that if it comes from an abundance of love that’s deep in their heart, it really means something and it moves people in their heart… their spirit. That is the goal we should be striving for, isn’t it? To actually reach the heart(spirit) of people, so they will be open to God. They are speaking from what they truly feel and believe, not what they think will impress.  I guess what I’m trying to say is…  I love to listen to people full of love and truth, not boring facts, and useless information, intended to build up their own ego or whoever is hearing them.  Not intending to be rude or offend….  just see people who just will not give credence to anyone but those who have letters behind their name.  Important: Listen from your heart and you will more likely hear from their heart! 

Matthew 12:34-b (kjv)…for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
 
Luke 6:45 (kjv) A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man

out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

Acts 4:13-16 (kjv)  Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, Saying, What shall we do to these men? for that indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them is manifest to all them that dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it.

Peter and John were considered unlearned and ignorant men…. Yet, God used them mightily! The Spirit of God draws  men unto Himself…  

By The Way:  Do you “KNOW” my Savior?  Gods Holy Word says Jesus is The Only Name Given Whereby Men Can Be Saved!!!!  THE “ONLY” NAME GIVEN~

 1Corinthians 13:1  IF I [can] speak in the tongues of men and [even] of angels, but have not love (that reasoning, intentional, spiritual devotion such as is inspired by God’s love for and in us), I am only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

Following From Huffington Post:
No matter how educated people are, if they don’t have compassion, love of all people, a gift of kindness, and a forgiving and accepting spirit, Whether they have a PHD or an education from life. Heart intelligence is not connected to the small mind, big mind, or even an open mind. It is something discovered only in being, experiencing, and expressing our heart. It is listening, trusting, and making friends with both the fun and difficult parts of life. Instead of blaming and judging, forgiveness and compassion build heart intelligence. Acceptance, appreciation, honesty, and humility are practiced. Service, patience, courage, and simplicity are each paths in the life of our heart.