Sunday Scriptures — Keep On Keeping On

Isaiahby Sandy Kirby Quandt

Obstacles and opposition test our resolve and perseverance. It’s easy to keep on keeping on toward the goal we’ve set before us when nothing stands in our way of reaching it, but it is another thing altogether when roadblocks continue to come between us and our goals.

Those obstacles come in a number of differing ways. They can be criticism from others, lack of confidence in ourselves that we’ll actually be able to complete what we’ve set out to complete, opposition from Satan and the lies he throws our way.

But the one thing that is a common factor in those who do press on and reach their goal is the determination needed not to give up and quit, despite how easy that would be and how badly we want to do it.

It’s easier to quit, give up, forget about the goal we’ve set for ourselves than it is to keep pounding our head against a door that seems nailed shut and refuses to budge. It’s easier to give in to the words of those who say we’ll fail than to face their continual criticism. Who needs it?

It’s a whole lot easier to ask ourselves, “What’s the use?” and quit. Satan would love nothing more than for us to do just that. Especially when he knows what we are doing is what God has called us to do. His attacks are subtle so we don’t become suspicious he’s the one pushing us to give up.

If we saw his lies for what they truly are, methods to keep us from doing God’s will, there’s no way we’d give in to him. But we don’t always see him behind our discouragement, other peoples’ hurtful words, or the disappointment we live with.

This reminds me of the story of the frog who fell into a half-full pail of milk. He couldn’t hop out because the level of milk was too low. He was determined not to end his life stuck in a pail of milk so he kicked and swam around searching for a way out. All that kicking and swimming with no visible results wore him out, so he stopped kicking.

Of course, when he stopped kicking he sank to the bottom of the pail. This would never do, so he started kicking furiously even though everything within him was worn out and he wanted to give up and quit.

Each time he quit giving it his all he sank. Determined not to give in to fear and defeat the frog pushed himself to the top again and resumed kicking.

The harder that frog kicked, the thicker the milk turned. At first, kicking through the sluggish liquid was even more difficult but the frog refused to give up.

Finally, all that thrashing around turned the milk into solid butter and the frog simple hopped right out of that pail.

So my words to each of us, myself included here, is to keep kicking. Keep on keeping on even when we feel as if we don’t have one more ounce of strength to give, until God turns our pail of milk into butter in his perfect timing.

Ready to give up and quit? Don’t. Remember the frog and keep kicking.

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So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised. Hebrews 10:35-36 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Take That Leap of Faith

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Faith is a theme that runs through many of my blog posts. Maybe you’ve noticed. Abraham. Moses. Esther. To name a few.

During the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference last month, I spent time with other writers as we encouraged each other in our writer’s journey. For those who do not write, you may not understand how much faith it takes to believe God has called us to weave words together for him to use.

It’s a privilege that requires large quantities of faith.

The same amount of faith it takes any of us to accept the privilege God gives to use the abilities and skills he’s placed within us. It takes faith to make that incredible leap to step out and trust.

But you know what?

fearNo matter how fantastic the opportunity, facing the unknown can be frightening. Especially when doing so seems … crazy.

We might listen to Satan’s lies telling us we aren’t good enough.

Who are we kidding?

What have we got to offer?

Why do we think we’re capable?

It’ll be too difficult.

And on and on and on.

So this post is for all of us who need a little encouragement to step out in faith no matter courtesy pixabayhow crazy it may seem.

Encouragement to grab hold of all the marvelous things God has waiting for us and trust he knows what he’s doing when he calls us to be a part of his plan.

Am I the only one who struggles with a lack of confidence that can morph into a lack of faith that can become a lack of obedience when I face the unknown?

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What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead. Hebrews 11:1 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Gluten-free No Bake Banana Split Pie Recipe

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

  • 2 cups gluten-free graham cracker crumbs (Or you can purchase a gluten-free graham cracker pie crust, and eliminate the cracker crumbs and butter.)
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 16 ounces dessert whipped topping (like Cool Whip)
  • 2-3 large bananas, sliced
  • 1 pint strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained well
  • ½ cup chopped nuts
  • Chocolate syrup
  • 8 – 10 maraschino cherries, patted dry

Combine the graham cracker crumbs with the melted butter and press firmly into a 9 inch deep dish pie pan. (If you use a pre-made pie crust, you can skip these steps.)

Beat the cream cheese with a mixer until smooth.

Combine one third of the whipped topping with the cream cheese, mixing well. Spread onto the crust.

Top with sliced bananas, strawberries, and pineapple, in that order.

 

 

Spread the remaining whipped topping on top of the pie.

 

Refrigerate for 4 hours or up to a day ahead.

Before serving sprinkle the chopped nuts on top of the pie, drizzle with chocolate syrup and place maraschino cherries on top.

Enjoy!

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I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures – Celebrate Today

Isaiahby Sandy Kirby Quandt

What does it take for you to celebrate? A special occasion? A well-deserved award? A reunion? A hard-won accomplishment?

Some days life feels mediocre, ordinary, same ole same ole. Nothing special to get excited about and certainly nothing to celebrate.

We wait for special occasions before we celebrate as if just being alive isn’t enough cause to shout out, “Yay, God!”

Looking back on my childhood I believe I found more things to celebrate at that time than I probably do as an adult. Who knows why, but whatever the reason, celebrating didn’t have to be formal to be fun.

If we take the time to look around we can see all the many things we have to be thankful for and celebrate them.

Take a walk and make note of all the glories of creation. Look for rainbows after the rain. Name the constellations. Celebrate the refreshing breeze in the middle of a hot day.

Celebrate you.

Every day God gives us is reason enough to celebrate. It’s a choice we can make.

How will we celebrate tomorrow?

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 Whatever happens, keep thanking God because of Jesus Christ. This is what God wants you to do. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (CEV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Pause for Poetry — The Real Hero

pauseby Sandy Kirby Quandt

Welcome to Pause for Poetry featuring a poem written by my writer-friend, Shirley Specht Johnson.

The Real Hero

by Shirley Specht Johnson

The world will shape and mold a hero

or what they think a hero ought to be.

but………..

A real hero is a man that loves his family,

A man of compassion,

strength,

a man of integrity.

A real hero is a man that is a father to his son,

considers work a privilege,

makes sure a productive day is done.

A real hero is a man that protects and guides his home,

even when at times

he feels like he is standing alone.

A real hero is a man that at times has shed a tear,

the intentions of his heart

are pure and sincere.

A real hero knows there is a greater purpose and a greater plan,

A real hero asks God to guide him

and help him understand.

A real hero loves God,

is thankful for every day.

You can hear it in his voice

and the words he will say.

As the world continues to shape its heroes,

or what they think a hero ought to be.

When I look at you it is a real hero I see.

Shirley Specht Johnson loves to share inspiration and encouragement through her writing. She is a member of SCBWI. She loves to read and has volunteered at her local Public Library as an Adult Literacy Tutor. She shares moments of inspiration and her writing life at her blog.

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I wish you well.

Sandy

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