Friday, March 18, 2011

Inspiration . . . . . A Worthy List

A list of simple pleasures to bring joy to you or someone else today.

Seek out a forgotten friend.

Write a love letter.

Share a treasure.

Encourage someone with a kind word.

Keep a promise.

Give to a needy cause.

Forgive an enemy.


Apologize if you were wrong.

Try to understand.

Read your Bible.

Pray for your family.

Examine your demands on others.

Appreciate a friend.

Be kind, be gentle.

Laugh a little.

Laugh a little more.

Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth.

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

from Crossroads newsletter of the First Christian Church; June 11, 1978 daily devotional by Jim Burns March 14, 2011

 Whenever I'm on a break from a Kay Arthur's Bible study, I start my day
with a cup of coffee and a devotional from
[God has asked me to put Him first everyday . . . . . 
not my blog, not my business,  my home, my hobbies,  laundry . . . . .]
If you have a busy day . . . cooking, cleaning, school, diapers, soccer games, work, 
errands, appointments, . . . take a few minutes and start your day with 
the One who created the heavens and the earth and all that is within them,  
who causes the rain to fall on the just and the unjust,  
a rewarder of those who seek Him, the One who sustains you, 
knows your coming and going, saves your every tear in a bottle, and 
knows the number of hairs on your head. He is waiting for you.

Wishing you joy and love today.


  1. I love this post...God has been dealing with me too about giving Him the firstfruits of my time. It's all too easy to think, oh I just need to quickly check my email, etc.
    I have never taught or attended a Kay Arthur study but have really been wanting to take the training so I can lead one at our church.

  2. Help a friend in need....That's what you have been doing and I thank you.

    God bless you and thanks for sharing this today.


  4. How true, how true ~ Have a great Saturday... I start my day with my Lord every morning ;-)

  5. I love this. I'm convicted, too, because it's morning, I'm in a hotel, and I just came over to the computer first. I brought my good old Bible. Why wasn't IT first today?

    I like that list, too.

  6. Good morning Julie!
    Thanks for the gentle reminder...a very nice post :)

  7. I have my grandfathers Bible...I love reading it and the little notes he made it thru the reminds me that what I mark in my bible today may help not only me but someone else tomorrow

  8. I believe we all need to stop and take a big breath and count blessings first to put things in prospective. We can get carried away with worries and life. Just be still and you will hear his voice.

  9. A lovely post Julie! A very nice "To Do" list. xox

  10. This is such a beautiful post, Julie.
    I need to go to bed earlier so that I can get up earlier. I miss my early morning devotional. It got harder to do once I went back to work full time... {I have to leave for school at 7:00}. So, I pray at school before homeroom begins... and when my classroom is empty late in the day.

    Your lovely pictures of an early morning devotional are giving me the motivation to listen for God's morning call ~ before I leave for work!
    *blessings for a lovely Sunday*

  11. Beautifully said!! Thanks for what feels like a blessing.

  12. What a wonderful post Julie. Thank you for sharing! :)

  13. OMG that post is soooooo true.. I wake up, my mind starts going in a million different ways..what has to be done,,what I want to do,, and what i should do first.. I used to be much better an spending first part of my day with the one who gave it to me..and since i have moved,, that has kinda become 2nd or 3rd (sometimes 4th) thing i do..
    so thanks for the reminder.. I love this post.

  14. Hi! This was so beautiful and just what I needed to hear today. :-) One of the reasons we started our Inspiration Friday party was to provide a place where we can share not only our homes but also our hearts! Thank you Julie for linking this post up to the party this week!

  15. Wonderful thought Julie for all of us to ponder...

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  16. This is a lovely post, Julie! I agree with you one hundred percent; we must put God first in our lives! I enjoyed the scriptures you have shared and the lovely teacup as well as the Bible which is no doubt a real treasure to you. I am so happy you were able to join me for tea today! You've made my party that much more special; thank you. Wishing you a lovely Spring day.


  17. A lovely post and a wonderful list! The time of Spring is a wonderful time also to stop, pray,love and listen and maybe even smell the roses! x

  18. Oh, how right you are, Julie. And, oh those people in Japan--my heart goes out to them...They sure need our prayers--no doubt! Thank you for this beautiful post.

    Oh, by the way, I had to enter firefox to leave a message--I did it!

  19. Beautiful Post! I absolutely agree with you, Japan is in my prayers, what happened in Japan makes me even more feeling grateful for what GOD has given me and my family, I'm always grateful each morning I woke up and still breathing! that's the most precious gift!

  20. What a lovely post! Too true, heartfelt words and pretty pictures. Thank you so much for sharing. And thank you for stopping by to visit me! Have a wonderful week!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,

  21. Can't think of a better way to start the day :) Beautiful post...glad you found me so I could find you too!
    Blessings, Laurel@chippingwithcharm

  22. Beautiful post! I hear Kay Arthur on our local Christian radio station in the morning as I'm driving to work. Love her.

  23. There's a reason I'm over a week late reading this ... I needed it TONIGHT! Thanks, Julie. (I hope your weekend has been as great as anticipated!)


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