Grace ( May 9, 2018)

My GRACE is SUFFICIENT for you, for My power is made PERFECT in weakness.

– 2 Corinthians 12:9

A state of MIND that sees God in EVERYTHING is evidence of growth in grace and a THANKFUL heart.

– Charles Finney

So true, so true  I don’t need to say more – do I.

 

 

 

May 3, 2018

I’m apparently doing something wrong.  My blogs did not post the way I wanted them to!  Too much confidence in myself!!!

I will go back and see what I’ve done wrong and post them.  I’ll have plenty of time on my hands since we’re going to the World’s Skeet Shoot in Savannah this weekend.  (My husband’s really into skeet shooting!)

Take care and have a wonderful weekend!

Debby

Mapping my weeks: my current favorite productivity hack.

I love your idea! I used to do this for myself and then depression set in and I found it hard to do anything! I’ve been trying to do this, again, for the past two years, and someone has had something or took upon themselves to add THEIR items to do ONTO MY list to disrupt my schedule. So what’s the point. I have got to do something because I’m trying to start a website and those daily duties can not be put off!

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I’ll just start by being honest: I went through a series of weeks at the beginning of this year where I wasn’t getting anything done. The slump didn’t last all that long but while I was inside of it, feeling like I was just treading water but not making an impact, it felt eternal. My time felt spread too thin. I felt chaotic whenever I would go over what needed to be done in my mind. I wasn’t making progress and I was getting sucked up by distractions.

I was wasting time on social media. I wasn’t writing. I was doing a series of menial tasks and making no real advancement towards projects that actually mattered to me. But in the last few weeks, everything changed.

I’m a sucker for productivity hacks. I live for them. However, I am learning that everyone operates differently. What works for me…

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My New Friends

I met a new friend blogging. Actually, I believe I’ve made Two new friends. Anne Leueen ( an Olympic Rider) and “Nanny” Kathie Lacroix (an avid-horse lover taking care of beloved equines while they’re in a new place while they show their “stuff”.

If you love horses, please be sure to visit and perhaps follow these two awesome “horse addicts”.

I don’t believe I’ve told you about my horse addiction and riding experiences (unless you read my “About” section, it’s rather long. I apologize for this. Perhaps my next blog will be an abbreviated “About”. Anyway, you must, must, must read these blogs. My Horseman needs to read this, too.

Take care, God bless, and for all those who,be crossed the Rainbow Bridge, say “hello” to my loved ones and let them know how much I miss them.

Debby

The Equine Nanny

Once again, Anne, I am most impressed with the way you treat your horses as family. I wish this was something I’d thought about doing. Since I’m unable to ride, I couldn’t think of a better way to remain active with my friends (horses) and to meet new one’s!

Debby

HorseAddict

She may be called the Equine Nanny but Kathie Lacroix is not just a pleasant woman, who wafts in to read bedtime stories to little foals, and sing them songs about a spoonful of sugar helping medicine go  down!  She offers a service at Dressage competitions that goes far beyond that.

Thirteen years ago Kathie took some of her riding students to a dressage show. She asked at the show office who would be doing the night watch and was told “nobody does that”. Kathie’s previous experience with her students showing had been in the hunter jumper world and there would be someone who would check on the horses during the night. So she decided she would start a business offering that service at dressage shows.  I know I have been immensely grateful at shows during the winter in Florida, at the  Adequan Global Dressage Festival and also White Fences…

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Routines

April 17, 2018

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

– Colossians 3:17 NIV

I have a morning routine. I wake myself up (God wakes me up, let’s give credit where credit is due!) at 7:30am EST, take my shower, get dressed, check my calendar for activities for the day, (as i do the night before), take my morning meds and vitamins, go downstairs, clean out my cats’ litter box, feed them, rinse off the dishes in the sink and put them in the dish washer. I don’t have to fill up my cats’ water dish because I have a small ceramic water fountain down on the floor next to where they watch God’s nature and creatures out the bay window on the backside of my house. When they get thirsty, they drink from the water fountain!  The fountain makes a whisper sound when it needs more water and I know it’s time to refill it water. I clean the filter and ceramic bowl on a two week basis. The water stays nice and cold, just the way they like it!

From there my hectic day gets started. I want very much to start a daily bible reading in my morning routines; however, my day gets away from me. I sit down at the computer and begin reading my blog responses and all my followers new blogs and comments. Before I know it, it’s 12:00 noon.

Now for my much needed and added routine is my daily bible reading routine. by this time – I’ve either totally forgotten to read my bible (my bad), or time has slipped away from me, and my quiet time with it.

TODAY, with the one and only exception of today, I’m going to do my Bible study while eating breakfast (today I’m writing my blog while eating my breakfast). My bad again!  HOWEVER, I did read my morning scripture!  That is why I’ve changed my NEW routine! only for today) I believe God wants me to write to you (my iPad has forgotten my “library of words”, capitalization of certain words, spelling, and many other things!) first and tell you how life gets away from me (us).

Anyway (now I’ve forgotten what I was going to say). Pardon me while I gather my thoughts and try to remember where I should be!

It is now 3 hours later and I’ve been all over my blog. See what I mean!? I want to incorporate my bible study right after my breakfast. My quiet time should still be “in-place” and with all the Bible’s that I have, I should be able to do all the research I need. The only Bible I don’t have is the Karan. (I believe I’ve spelled that correctly!)

Until next time, stay safe, comment on my blogs, send them to your friends, follow me, and more importantly, have faith, love, and live in God’s words and deeds. May the Lord be with you.

Debby

PS. I’m trying to create a logo for my website that I’m planning on going live before the year end. The name of my site is cumminsconcepts.com with an email of cumminsconcepts@gmail.com. I will be selling sterling silver jewelry, quilts that I make or can make at the buyer’s request, and a page for horses (for sale and an Olympic rider to follow (whom I hope to meet in May, 2018)). I’m at a loss for logos. My company name will be in arial font. Cummins in cobalt blue and Concepts in fuchsia. I’d like for each of you to think of a good logo and tell me your thoughts OR BETTER YET, show me the logo that stands out for you. The main thing I’m selling is sterling silver jewelry. The quilts especially, if made to order, will take me 8-12 weeks to make and ship. Thank you in advance for your help and creativity!

Killing it with desperation — Ascerblog

You’ve thought this through, you’ve done your research and planned and planned so that this all turns out perfectly. Time to execute the plan. And surprisingly, it turns out to be nothing like you imagined and thought and read about. It’s all totally different. Here comes the time to make the decision, to either kill your…

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God Loves My Story

I knew you before you were born

Refer to my story dated April 1, 2018

Remember when I told you I didn’t know what God wanted me to do with my life for Him?  He began asking me this question at the beginning of Lent.  I have been praying, perhaps over-praying, about this since.  Then my blog on 4/1/2018 came to mind.

I try my best to read the Bible daily and I have several books of inspiration that I toggle back and forth from morning to morning.  This morning, after having gone to a Bible study last night and continuing to ask myself this question, the first thing I read in my book, 100 Things God Loves About You, (various assembled unknown authors),  was “God loves your story”.  Here’s what it had to say:

All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

  • – Psalm 139:16

I researched which Bible this passage came from and found that I have a whole slew of Bibles!!!  Anyway, it comes from the NIV New Life Application Study Bible.

I’d like to add to it verses 17 and 18:

17.”How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!  How vast is the sum of them!  18.Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand.  When I awake, I am still with you.”

To me, this is so wonderful because He thinks I have an amazing story!  I know because scripture tells me that God, YHWH, Yahweh, Jehovah, my Lord, tells me Himself that it was written long before I was born.  He knew every twist of the secret plan, every unexpected direction, every happy and sad moment(s).  Wherever I went, He had been.  He will walk before me and with me as my Scout, my Pathfinder, my Guide, and my Friend.

When I put my trust in Him, He promises me the utmost best of happily,  heavenly, endings forever after.  Isn’t that just completely, totally, and miraculously awesome!

He Knew Me

“4. The Word of the LORD came to me saying, 5. ‘Before I formed you in the womb, I knew (chose) you, before you were born, I set you apart;'”

-Jeremiah 1:4-5a

As the scripture continues, it states, “I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” While I know He has not appointed me as a prophet, this Easter morning, I sat in amazement – total amazement that He knew or chose ME. Of all people to do some thing of His will. Just like He has appointed each one of you (good and bad) to carry out His mission. I’m still wondering what that might be. But I know, in His time – not mine, He will reveal to me His plan for me. I Can Only Imagine. I am so excited.

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Easter, because Jesus has risen. Yes in deed, HE HAS RISEN!