TENACITY

I’ve always been aware that I am a strong woman… physically and mentally….I’m persistent, determined, resolute, with endurance, stamina and staying power. I inherited it, (Tenacity) from my mom!! You just keep on keeping on!! Just get it done! This attribute can be a good thing or not so good. It also means to be stubborn and obstinate!! I have learned a lot about me the last couple of years!! And I have added some new abilities to myself. Well, God has added!!! 🙄 I have never been one to just let things pass… had to always address them. I have learned to quietly endure whatever was bothering me and just let it go. People are just who they are… what can you do other than just wait and let God handle it. God loves each of us and is perfecting us for His kingdom. One of the hardest things for me to do was to let things pass!!##%$!! But recently I’m seeing this new friend as a part of my makeup. Thank you Jesus for the gift of tenacity.
Getting it done for Jesus! And doing it quietly. You don’t always have to respond. They don’t listen anyway. ha

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Shine Jesus Shine… In Me

Shine Jesus Shine… In Me

Philippians 1:2 Grace (favor and blessing) to you and [heart] peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).

Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

Shine the Light of Gods Word on our enemy, satan. Expose him, expose your enemy. When he attacks, you have an arsenal of Gods WORD. Take aim and shoot him down!

…he says, you’re gonna fail! Gods Word says, in Philippians 1:6 Being CONFIDENT(convinced) of this very thing, that HE (GOD) which hath begun a GOOD work in YOU will perform it until the day of Christ Jesus.

The word perform in this verse is defined in the original greek as… fulfill further, execute completely, accomplish, finish, Make Perfect….. God continues to perform HIS mighty work in us til we are perfectly conformed to His specifications, for the work He has for us to do… and this work will continue til the day that Jesus returns for us.

Philippians 1:2 say… Grace be unto you and Peace from God

The word GRACE here means, “The divine influence upon the heart” (Our Heart)
Our God is the divine who is influencing our heart day by day and minute by minute. God never grows weary of perfecting us to be who He has called us to be and to do His will for His Kingdom!

The word PEACE in this scripture verse means… quietness, rest, to set at one again with the Father.

God never grows weary of forgiving us as we daily fail Him. The Word of God says that He loves us with an everlasting love. He will continue to love us into His perfect child until the day of Christ Jesus! …til Jesus returns for us in all His array of glory. I want to be ready for that glorious day of His arrival. Even tho I fail God daily… He never stops loving me and perfecting me and all my flaws.

I love my Savior and He loves me. I know this because every time I stumble HE picks me up, sets me in order again, and loves on me for a while as I give Thanks to Him and Worship Him for all His goodness in my life. People may take notice of our flaws and failures, but Our Heavenly Father never does!! He just forgives us and repairs our failure and perfects our flaws. I am a work in progress. But guess what?!? So are you if you belongs to God.

Do you “KNOW” Him? Do you know my Savior? He knows you. He wants you as His own. Give your heart to Him today, asking Him to forgive you and become your own Personal Savior. You will never be sorry.

Sharon Middleton

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~

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.