Friday, October 9, 2015

Happy Anniversary Friday Focus

Happy Anniversary Friday Focus

This week is the 3rd Anniversary of The Friday Focus. It is our hope and prayer that these weekly pearls have inspired and encouraged you regularly in some way or another.

"Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to do what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God." Titus 2:2-5

Sunday, October 4, 2015

One Year Bible

One Year Bible Reading from September 28th:

"Seek the LORD while He may be found;
call on Him while He is near.
Let the wicked forsake his way
and the evil man his thoughts.
Let him turn to the LORD, and He will
have mercy on him,
and to our God, for he will freely pardon."

Isaiah 55:6-7 

Friday, October 2, 2015

The Appetite and Indulgence

The Appetite and Indulgence

Have you noticed the more bad food you eat, the more you crave it? The same is true of any indulgence whether it be envy, gossip, a bad attitude, or anything that is unproductive. Once you feed an appetite it can easily rule and dominate you, if you let it.  Certain things may have a much stronger hold on you than others.

Let’s examine what we are regularly over-indulging in that will never satisfy? It doesn’t have to be something as obvious as smoking; it could be social media, romance novels, or substance abuse. Whatever it may be, it does have a consequence and it could come with a high price.

 Be willing to surrender any indulgences that are brought to your attention by asking God to set you free, fill the void, and to sustain you.

“Everything is permissible for me—but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible for me but I will not be mastered by anything.”  1 Corinthians 6:12

“In my anguish I cried out to the Lord, and he answered by setting me free.” Psalm 118:5

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Start A Fire in My Soul

Start A Fire in My Soul

Praying God's Word for October
Dearest Heavenly Father God,

You are Almighty and Powerful. You are above all things and in all things. You are the source of all goodness, mercy and knowledge. We humbly ask that You help us Father to embrace Your Power, through The Holy Spirit, as we accept Jesus Christ, Your Son, as Savior and Lord of our lives. 

We pray for those who consider the message of the cross foolishness. We pray that those who continue to walk in darkness would be led to the light that is only Jesus Christ.

In His Name we pray,

Monday, September 28, 2015

 One Year Bible reading from September 23rd:
Be of Great Courage - The Lord Is With You!
"But now, this is what the LORD says -
He who created you, O Jacob,
He who formed you, O Israel;
"Fear Not, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name;
you are MINE
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you,
and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.

For I Am the LORD your God,
the Holy One of Israel,
your SAVIOR."

Isaiah 43:1-3 

Friday, September 25, 2015

Blessing In Disguise

Blessing In Disguise

Our youngest child had reading difficulties in Kindergarten and First grade and eventually recognized as Dyslexic. This news was hard to hear, of course, and cause for much concern for his future and even many tears from us.

We realized quickly that the extra time we spend with him with homework and reading each night, though tedious at times, is such a gift! It’s a gift of relational bonding. We enjoy every minute spent with him and this gift of time together. 

Look around for your blessings in disguise.

My peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

Friday, September 18, 2015

Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread

God’s living word is the only book that reads you as you read it.  

As you read you will see a huge improvement in your life and especially your attitude.

The same scripture will speak differently to you each time you read it concerning your need at that moment.

God’s word, it does a body good!

“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.”
2 Timothy 3:16

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edge sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

“Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.”  Revelation 1:3

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

It's All Perspective

 It’s All Perspective
by Kim Hawkins

Your mind is a powerful force. Certain thoughts or “beliefs” of what you "see" will hold you back and keep you from giving your very best for the results you want. With pride, fear, doubt, hurt, your mind can literally deceive you causing irrevocable damage. 

It’s a true miracle that my darling husband and I are soon to celebrate 22 years of marriage. In all reality, it should be a celebration of 22 years without quitting or killing each other. Hahaha--no really.  

 We are finally in such a beautiful place. It’s hard to describe, but so worth every pain, every heartache, every foolish thought and action that we caused or endured.

It is now our mission to help others achieve this bliss much easier and sooner than we did. We had to go the long, hard way around this mountain, hopefully so you won’t have to.

Your perspective HAS to be unity. All your thoughts are unity. If not, dismiss them immediately. Pray the opposite of your fear/hurt and always respond in unconditional love. It may take a while, but soon you will win his trust and heart back.

It’s amazing when your heart is set on preserving the relationship, you no longer get easily offended and react in self preservation, which will always end ugly. 

You will soon see just how fun it is to laugh it off or even laugh at yourself. Then, start to open up to being vulnerable which leads to a deep intimacy.

I’d say the most important factors in marriage are a friendship/emotional intimacy (for her), and being vulnerable/physical intimacy (for him).

The sooner you get started, you will have a different marriage with the same spouse. Halleluiah!!

Challenge: Be very aware of False Perception. Trust what happens, even in the disappointments that come your way. Do not defend yourself!  This includes protective walls, holding grudges, bitterness, and unforgiveness.

These reactions only isolate you further, and in hindsight, seem so foolish.

Assume goodwill and keep your heart upright and pure by trusting in He, the controller of your life.

“How I love you, Lord! You are my defender.  The Lord is my protector; he is my strong fortress. My God is my protection, and with him I am safe.”  Psalm 18:1-2

Monday, September 14, 2015

September Scripture

September Scripture - Tell the Coming Generation Psalm 78:4

If you would like to join us in telling the next generation, please email to be included in our Beta Mentor Moms program. This will be a limited release program affiliated with a graduate study for Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

The program will be an encouraging time for all moms and grandmothers. It will start on October 8th and run through November 28th. It is free to participate. Look for additional upcoming announcements.