The Ideal work (Job) for a woman is to be a Home Maker, and a "stay at home" mom. But life does not always turn out in such a way to make that possible. In my own life I have had to work in a job outside the home most of my married life...
I have two very wise daughters and one of them gave me a little book of "Encouragement for the Workplace" back in 1998 when I was feeling somewhat overwhelmed with the position I had (working with a Nursing Home Chain) at that time. Through the years since that time I have referred many times to the little book when I needed encouragement.
It reminds me that God is the real "Corporate Giant." He is also the perfect boss because He is always available, He listens, He gives direction, and He supplies all of our needs. So, before we try to take on the corporation all by ourselves, consult with the Boss on High.
I come to You this morning, Father in the name of Jesus, to thank You first for the job that You have provided. I pray that I will do my work diligently because that is what gives You joy. I anxiously await the tasks before me today with a disire to perform them well.
When we perform the work God has given us, it is rewarding to us and others in ways we don't often see.
There is no need to feel inadequate for the work God has given you because He has given you the strength and power you need to complete the task.
Your attitude toward work will dictate your productivity and feelings. Have the attitude of a fruitful servant ready to produce good work.
Approach every task as if God Himself asked you personally to do the job.
No matter how small or large the project, approach it with the same level of importance. Everything we do is seen by God. Don't let Him see laziness, half-hearted efforts, and sloppiness.
When you feel that there is just not enough time to do what you have to do, let God's love and power move through you to renew and strengthen you.
For every task, someone has to do it-- what makes you above doing any task? Even when the work appears unappealing, know that God is with you and do it to please Him.
Remember, He sent that task for you to handle.
Don't you suppose that the women were the ones who gathered the Manna that God provided each morning during the years the children of Isreal wondered in the desert? Whether we are working in the home or in the workplace, God expects us to do our best and work with a willing heart.
My prayer is that I can please God in all that I do, all that I say, and all that I think
We try to keep it inside, but it's something we can't hide, it's our foolish pride. Who are we to stake claim to what we don't own, to get credit for what God has shown. Through our minds and our hands, He empowers all our plans. Give God the credit and glory, for the success story, and the contract signed, according to His deadline. Correct people when they give you the praise, tell them it's God's hand they should clasp and raise. When they place you on the throne, let them know that you've done nothing alone. Through Him, He makes a way for our triumphs every day.
Proverbs 29:23 A man's pride brings him low, but a man of lowly spirit gains honor. Getting rid of Pride; Sometimes when you look at a word, you see another contained within the word. In this case, you can see the word rid right in the middle of the word pride. Maybe you've never noticed it before. However, when you see it, you see it for a reason. God may be showing it to you to make a point. If your pride springs from anything other than Christ's saving work in your life, then it's probably time you thought about getting rid of your pride.
As you fill with pride, your faith in God deflates. Remember that all things are made possible by God who works through you.
Most honorable Father, prayerfully I ask for a spirit of mindfulness today of all that you have done for me. Regardless of what I face today, Lord, I pray that I will keep my eyes, mind, and spirit uplifted and focused on your goodness. Lord, thank you for keeping me looking up.
REMAIN ENCOURAGED BY TAKING THE "DIS" OUT OF DISCOURAGE.
Seek comfort with God. Let Him handle your battles, troubles, and conflicts. Remember that in the midst of life's problems, He never forsook Paul and David, Peter and Abraham, Stephen and Moses. He will be just as faithful in your own life.
You may think you have tried your hardest, but until you call upon God, your burden will remain. Stop struggling with things that only the strength of God can overcome.
With every challenge, you have the opportunity to experience greater growth in your faith and your walk with God. God uses the most painful trials to keep you reliant and faithful. His love does not keep you from challenges, but sees you through them clearly.
Perhaps one of the reasons you have depression and discouragement is because you have not yielded everything totally to God.
Don't let problems get you down-- let them remind you to look up. Count your blessings, see the ones around you now, and get excited about those that are to come. Tune into God and change the channel away from your depressed thoughts.
Nothing can hold the Holy Spirit down-- everything lifts Him up.
There is no problem too big for God to handle, but He can't help if you don't hand it over to Him.
Honorable Father in heaven, please help me to remember all the good that You have done for me and all that You promise for the future. Let me not forget that you are always with me and that
I can always turn to you. Lord, help me realize that the devil is the
oppressor and depressor and to always ask for deliverance.
Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.
Psalm 62: 5-8
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.
The Lakeland Terrier is a breed that was developed in the nineteenth century, probably by crossings between the Bedlington and an Old English wirehaired terrier. It was recognized in 1921.
The Lakeland is an elegant dog with a beautiful elongated head and straight, strongly boned legs. Height not above 14 1/2 inches. Weight not above 17 pounds (for males) and 15 pounds (for females). It has powerful jaws, dark or hazel eyes, and small V-shaped ears. Its tail is carried cheerfully, but not curved over its back. Its hair is thick, hard, and resistant to bad weather; has a good undercoat. Colors: reddened black; reddened blue; reddish; wheat; pepper , salt, and red; liver; blue; or black. White markings on the feet and chest are not considered defects. The coat needs stripping.
The Lakeland Terrier is affectionate, cheerful, spirited, emotional, stubborn, active, and tenacious.
It was originally from the Lake District of England ( Lakeland) , it has been successfully used for otter hunting in water and for fox and badger hunting in their dens, especially on Rocky and uneven terrain. Due to its beauty and good character, the Lakeland is today esteemed as a fine and luxurious companion dog.
Our Lakeland Terrier (Miss Molly) is a special treasure
we adopted when she was nine years old
and her owner was down sizing to an assisted living community.
She has been such a pleasure and such good company
for Hershey (our three year old Dachshund).
Miss Molly has now been a member of our family for just over two years.
We did not realize what dog lovers we were
until we became the parents of two such loving doggies !!
In 1839, the second year of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Victoria,
a dashing visitor appeared in the inner circles of the English Royal Court.
Bold, outspoken, and affectionate, he quickly won the favor of his new monarch and proceeded to take it upon himself to assume the role of her chief protector.
His brave and courageous demeanor impressed those around him, and his loyalty to Crown was never in question. Yet, while other subjects could earn a quick trip to the Tower of London for being obstinate and ill-tempered in the presence of their sovereign, he alone was immune to such punishment.
In fact, when feeling especially bellicose, he might even get away with soiling the Royal Rug a time or two!
His name was Dachsy. And the secret to his success was a cute face, eager eyes, an adorable personality, and a fully-looking body. He was, indeed, the first Royal Dachshund.
The Dachshund personality is certainly one of the most unique you will ever encounter.
These happy, playful, and funny dogs can be extremely goal-oriented, feisty, and focused when they put their mind to it.
As a group, Dachshunds are good, even-tempered dogs that rank about average- exhibiting no glaring character flaws- when compared to other breeds in terms of trainability, excitability, playfulness, and interaction with children.
The Dachshund is a fun-loving breed that is capable of exhibiting lots of love, affection, loyalty, and spunk. As a result, it is capable of filling many roles as a pet. You must recognize which role you expect yours to play.
As a companion, it is hard to find one as much fun and fulfilling as the Dachshund. Equipped with a lively, playful personality, these dogs are as devoted as they come. Although they can experience their share of bouts of stubbornness, as alluded to earlier, they make loyal and affectionate pets.
Remember that Dachshunds were originally bred to track down belligerent badgers, and often this required a great deal of digging on their part to complete their mission. As a result, you can be sure that a Dachshund knows how to dig!!
As house pets they love to burrow down under blankets to satisy their digging urges.
So, if you want a Dachshund be prepared to be challanged, and be prepared to be loved !!!
We are home again after a wonderful visit with our families and a very scenic drive through the mountains...
One has only to take a drive through the mountains and then to the ocean to see the beautiful creation of our God. You pass through forests with only the rain and sunlight to feed the greenery, and then come upon the ocean, knowing that it too is controlled by our Heavenly Father.
While visiting with our daughter's family we were privileged to see the growth of three baby birds to the point of flying... of course they flew the day we left (and we missed it) but we were told all about the event!
But now it is time for reality to set in and we must get back to the daily chores like cleaning house, and going to work (I work part time)
we have had a wonderful visit with our youngest daughter and her lovely family... now we are going on over a couple of states and visit with my wonderful husband's siblings... then back home again to our puppies.. refreshed and running over with love from the little ones (and bigger ones).