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Recipe for a Simple Life…

I get the Proverbs 31 newsletter every month and today’s article is wonderful to share with you.  Here is the URL:

A Simple Recipe for a Successful Life
by Tina James

We women have such a knack for complicating things. I know I can decide to do something seemingly simple and before I ever get started I can come up with several reasons why I shouldn’t do it, several hypothetical situations that could result if I do it, and have myself completely paralyzed with indecision all within a relatively short time span. I can second-guess myself all the way through an entire day. All that leads to is frustration and guilt from not getting anything accomplished.

So, I decided to come up with a list of simple things I can do in the span of one day that can keep my life simple and let my brain focus on doing good instead of staying bogged down in the jumbled mess it is usually full of. I really like simple. I can do simple. Simple means not really needing a great deal of thought and planning. I once read somewhere that the best way to get organized is to get as much as possible of your life into a routine—something you just do without thinking about it. So, I came up with six things I can remember to do each day. And at the end of the day, if I have done all six things, I have had an extremely successful day.

1. Clean something. Even if I only clean one thing in my house, if I am cleaning one thing every day, then I may actually make some progress. Plus, I have found that if I start dusting surfaces in one room, I’m likely to pull out the vacuum cleaner too. And then I will want to clean the glass surfaces as well. Anyway, the point is, if I clean one thing in one room, I’m likely to clean the whole room before stopping. And none of that really taxes my brain. On the other side of that coin is that on days I really am very busy with an overloaded schedule, I can quickly clean one thing without too much effort.

2. Learn something. God did not give us a brain to learn a certain amount of stuff and then quit. It is important to keep learning throughout life. There’s always something more to learn from God’s Word. There are endless words to learn the meanings of. There are new skills we can learn: cake decorating, soap making, calligraphy, etc. We will never be too old to learn something new. I know that there are a lot more things I would like to learn. Besides, as I often remind my daughter, no one likes a know-it-all. I think we all have something to learn. Having a teachable spirit comes from humility, which—I think we would all agree—is a good thing. Proverbs 9:9 says, “Teach a wise man. He will become even wiser. Teach a person who does right. He will learn even more” (NIRV).

3. Practice something. When we do learn new skills it is important to hone them. What’s the use of learning something new just to forget it or never put it to use? When someone is learning to play an instrument, regular practice is essential. Not practicing could bring a musical career to a screeching halt (and that screeching is not too pleasant on the ears). Just about anything worth doing is made better with practice. The fourth attempt at candle making is bound to produce nicer candles than the first. And the tenth try at a cartwheel is likely to be more graceful than the first.

4. Make something. Making anything besides a mess is almost always a good thing. It doesn’t have to be a great work of art or a new cutting-edge invention. I count making supper as making something. It’s about working with your hands to create something of value. The woman of noble character in Proverbs 31 “selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.” Convenience is nice, but we don’t need to give up every homemade thing for the sake of saving time and effort. Homemade can often mean less expense. Homemade can also mean better-loved—like a quilt (no, I don’t make quilts, but I do have some old, well-loved ones that I will never pass on to Goodwill). Something homemade can be a sacrifice on our parts for the sake of the ones we love.

5. Pray something. Okay, I may get slammed here. No, I’m not suggesting that you pray one thing every day and that’s it. What I am suggesting is that we make a point of remembering to focus on prayer every day. One prayer leads to another (usually). I don’t know about you, but I sometimes get so busy in my day just scrambling to get a huge list of things done that when I do come up for air I’m gasping, “Help me, Lord.” If I can remember sooner in my day to let God be in control of my “to do” list, things would probably go a lot smoother. And my kids might add that I would be a lot less grumpy.

6. Give something. Do we really need to be reminded of this? Well, I know I do. It is so easy to be selfish. If I make myself focus on giving at least one thing to someone each day, maybe I will eventually get into the habit of giving freely without much forethought. Luke 6:38 says, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good amount will be poured into your lap. It will be pressed down, shaken together and running over. The same amount you give will be measured out to you.” I truly want to hold my possessions loosely. I want to be a generous, cheerful giver. I want God to be able to entrust me with meeting another’s need.

If I truly live by these guidelines, then each new day that comes will find me smarter and more accomplished in at least one area. My family will have a cleaner abode. I will have something tangible to show for my effort. I will have peace in my spirit for having focused on God and His purpose for my life, and hopefully I will have been able to bless someone else by my giving. That’s what I would call a successful day indeed.

Copyright © by Tina James Share


June 9, 2010 Posted by | Just for Women, KISS (Keep It Simple Saint) | Leave a comment

“Let all things be done decently and in order.”……..1 Cor. 14:40

………with emphasis on “in order.”

P. S.  Not, “post script,” but a “pre script.”          I have read that ya’ll will only read 500 words with interest.  Shame on you!  You had best read ALL of this.  It is only 953 words.   

 I have “put in order” some scriptures which concern you!   Listen up!! 

God desires all men to be saved (first “in order”) and (next “in order”) to come to the deeper knowledge of the truth:  1 Timothy 2:4 – “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

“Saved us”preceeds the “calling.    2Ti 1:9- “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,”      Why the calling?  – to His own purpose and grace and WHEN was it given?  – Before the world began. 

2 Timothy 1:9 helps us to understand the conditions in these verses:  Romans 8:28 and 30 – “ And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  Ro 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.”  To whom do the “things work together for good?”  -to the ones loving God, AND, “called according to His purpose.”   Notice verse 30 – the called were predetermined. 

The called to His kingdom and Glory ones have already been “saved,” -( I call this the “common salvation” because of Jude 3.)  Heb 3:1 “¶ Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;”   Eph 1:18 “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,”    Eph 4:1 ¶ I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,  Eph 4:4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;”   Notes:  The calling is connected to the hope!  YOU MUST HAVE THIS “UNDER YOUR BELT!  You are  never to “hope” you are saved (the common salvation)  “Believe (aorist tense – once, as an event, never repeated) on the Lord Jesus Christ and thy shalt be saved! Acts 16:31


Called unto His kingdom and glory:  1 Thessalonians 2:12 -” That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.”

Called to holiness:  1Th 4:7 – “For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.”

Calling is to the obtaining the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ – 2Th 2:14 –  “Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The called might – or, might not – receive the promise of an age-lasting inheritance.  Heb 9:15 -” ¶ And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.”

Called to inherit a blessing.  –  1Pe 3:9 -” Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.”

The called are sanctified (set apart) and preserved in Christ Jesus.  –  Jude 1:1  “¶ Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:”

Re 17:14 ¶ “These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.”   Read it again!  Who are those with the “overcoming Lamb, the Lord of more lords, and the King of more kings?  What group is missing?

 Re 19:9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.”  Who are the blest?  To what are they called?


One died for ALL  2Co 5:14 -“For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:”

MANY CALLED – Mt 20:16 – ” So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.”  Mt 22:14  – “For many are called, but few are chosen.”

Servants are CALLED – Mt 25:14 – ” ¶ For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.”  “Servants were called by Christ – they are “His own” entrusted with His “substance” (Vine’s N.T. Words).  In Hebrews 10:34, it means “possessions.”

Keep reading this passage to heed the warning to the third servant who does not gain a 100 percent profit – nor any other percentage – on what he had been entrusted.  NO WAY THIS “SERVANT” COULD BE NAMED AS “UNSAVED!  HE EVEN DEFENDS HIS ACTIONS WITH A TRUE STATEMENT WITH WHICH HIS LORD IS IN AGREEMENT.   THE LORD NAMES HIM A “WICKED AND SLOTHFUL SERVANT.”  He began as a servant and ended as a servant.  He was called.  He was given “goods” from his “Caller” according to his ability.  His Lord had guaranteed that , as His servant, he would be also given the ability to earn a profit.  He refused by “investing” in the earth, so to speak, which will never earn a profit!

Mt 25:14 ¶ For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.

Mt 25:15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.

Mt 25:16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.

Mt 25:17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.

Mt 25:18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.

Mt 25:19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.

Mt 25:20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.

Mt 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Mt 25:22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.

Mt 25:23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Mt 25:24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:

Mt 25:25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.

Mt 25:26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:

Mt 25:27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.

Mt 25:28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.

Mt 25:29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.

Mt 25:30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

I recommend that you study carefully and humbly by “pausing and considering” these things.


August 14, 2009 Posted by | KISS (Keep It Simple Saint), Learning to read - accurately, Pages from my journal, Who are the called? | Leave a comment

KISS…..(Keep It Simple, Saint)

Hebrews just could be my favorite book in the New Testament.  Its pages are full of multi-colored underlings and sticky notes.  I gravitate to Hebrews often and that may be because I realized that when the book of Hebrews was revealed to me, that I knew the purpose and purposes of the whole Bible!  It is just 13 chapters.  Can be read all at one sitting.  Will take a lifetime to appreciate.  I am 67 (in August), so I’d better redeem the time.

Remember that I like to give the books of the Bible a “Theme Subject” after studying.  Some will have multiple headings.  Hebrews, for me, has always come back to “The Good News of Hearing.”  In it I discovered that the word for hearing has obedience at its core.  You could read chapters 3 and 4 and easily get my drift. 

You will find that references to the “house of Moses” and their disobedience is referred to as “they heard, but did not profit them, because it was not mixed or united by faith in those who heard.”  There were consequences to their failure “to hear” and so it is with us!  Lifestyle makes the difference for now and in the age to come!

The Lord had told them – in essence – that He would give them ONE place to worship.  They made many idols to worship in their own “high places.”

You’ve heard of “the simplicity that is in Christ Jesus?”  The Lord gave simple instructions for their forgiveness, walk, paths, worship, obedience, sacrifices, etc.  They mixed it all with their ways.  There was only one way for all those things.  Do not add to or subtract from the Word of God.

The world, flesh, and the devil all have simple directives for overcoming.  Do not be distracted!

July 17, 2009 Posted by | About, KISS (Keep It Simple Saint), Newsy News & Random Thoughts, Thinkin' Out Loud | Leave a comment


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