Kathy Collard Miller

Hello from Kathy Collard Miller in Southern California near Palm Springs. The weather is perfect this time of year and all our rains have brought out the wildflowers.

I’m a People Pleaser. It’s hard to admit sometimes but the truth is, I’m motivated to please others for a variety of reasons and one main one is thinking I should never say “no.” Why? What is my thinking?

1. What will they think of me if I’m not the Super Woman who can say “yes” to everything?
2. If I don’t say “yes,” then I’ll miss out on the fun!
3. If I don’t say “yes,” the opportunity won’t get done to my standards!
4. If I don’t say “yes,” they might not ask me the next time.
5. (Put in your own reasoning).

People Pleasing is all about depending upon the opinions of others for our approval, rather than God. We fear making other people unhappy with us or think poorly of us. So we strive to do everything we can to appease other people and promote ourselves as important, valuable, or whatever vow we’ve made to promote or protect ourselves.

There are many examples of People Pleasing in the Bible. The most known one may be when King Saul succumbed to this strategy. His reaction is featured in 1 Samuel 13:8-14. Remember the story?

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Kathy Collard Miller

Kathy Collard Miller

Hello from Kathy Collard Miller, enjoying the beautiful winter in the desert near Palm Springs, California.

During challenging times, we can begin to believe that God won’t help us. At times, He’s silent or seems to delay. We become afraid and hesitant to trust. Will God really come through for us?

Hebrews 13:5-6 assures us God is our helper:

“be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper;
 I will not fear; 
what can man do to me?”

If we don’t believe and trust that truth, we believe the lie: “God isn’t my helper, therefore I must provide for myself.” Financial challenges, a lack of answered prayer, and any number of obstacles can contribute to this lie.

I remember when my husband, Larry, and I didn’t have any extra money and an unexpected expense hit us. We didn’t know where the money would come from. I prayed but didn’t really have much hope extra money could be found. Read More →

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Kathy Collard Miller

Kathy Collard Miller

Hello from Kathy Collard Miller, writing from the beautiful desert near Palm Springs, California.

It’s the New Year and I’m going to have to remember to write down 2017. And along with a new year often come the traditional resolutions. I’d like to encourage you to think a little differently about those. For instance, have you ever said things like:

  • I’ll never get angry again. 
  • I’ll always show love toward that person who is unlovable. 
  • I’ll never be discontent again. 
  • I’ll always be joyful in every circumstance. 
  • I’ll have my devotions every day?

It’s easy to think that such determination will bring us success. We may think that God demands such commitments. But have you noticed that when we can’t follow through, we get discouraged and give up? Even thinking God has given up on us also?

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Kathy Collard Miller

Kathy Collard Miller

Hello from Kathy Collard Miller in the Southern California desert near Palm Springs where it’s finally cooling down. I’m looking forward to our “winter” that is never a winter wonderland, but still wonderful.

Years ago I created an Advent family activity I called, “Box of Blessings.” It helped our family’s thoughts focus on the true meaning of Christmas. Here are the directions to create it.

Wrap a large box with Christmas paper, wrapping the lid separate. Gather 24 visual aids, wrap each one individually, write out tags for each with an object lesson, Scripture and discussion question. (On each tag, write a number indicating the order it should be opened). Place the gifts in the box.

On December 1, open the large gift-wrapped box containing 24 small wrapped gifts, and read the enclosed tag: “Today we are beginning a Christmas project. We will open a different present for the next 24 days to help remind us of God’s most precious gift His Son Jesus.”

Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing for your own “Box of Blessings.” If you’d like to receive a full list of the 24 visual aids along with the object lesson, Scripture, and discussion question, reply to this email or email KathyCollardMiller@gmail.com and write “Box of Blessings” in the subject line. I’d love to send it to you.

Gift: Several pieces of any kind of food. READ: Does food always stay the same even after a long time? No, it changes when it gets old, doesn’t it? But Jesus never changes; He is always the same. (Hebrews 13:8) Why do you think it is important that Jesus never changes?

Gift: A heartshaped object. READ: Hearts remind us of love. We love others, but did you know that God loves us even more? (I Corinthians 13:47) How many things about love can we find in these verses? Read More →

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Quilting Encouragement with Mary Tatem

Look Around

Yosemite

Yosemite

A recent visit to Yosemite National Park kept us craning our necks to look up at the magnificent granite mountains that surrounded us.  Regardless of which direction we faced, immense pillars of stone reached to the sky, dwarfing even the tall Pines and occasional Sequoia. Beauty surrounding us. From the sounds of water crashing from tall mountain ledges to the caw of iridescent Ravens foraging for food, our ears were as absorbed with the of beauty as our eyes.  We left for home, our hearts bursting with thankfulness for the world God made for us to enjoy.

Although there aren’t any mountains towering over my house, nor cascading waterfalls, to astound my senses, I hope I can remain just as thankful for the beauty where God has put me in my everyday life. Instead of a mountain, there is my neighbor’s house where love resides and covers me each time my path crosses with the lovely people who live there. Instead of waterfalls, there are colorful leaves which decorate my trees and cascade to my lawn in the fall. Instead of large Ravens, there are perky Robins who grace my bird feeder.

God help me always be aware and thankful for the beauty You provide to my daily life. I want to stay as appreciative of the smaller, ordinary world You gave me as I am with the larger,  magnificent vistas You have made. May we all remain alert to the beauty You put around us.

 

Mary Tatem

Mary Tatem, Topics: Quilting the Warmth of God * Quilting Trust * Avoiding Mother-in-law pitfalls

Mary Tatem is an author of story based devotional books which boost your spirits. Each devotion uses the craft of quilting or scrapbooking to touch the reader’s heart and show the love of God. Her every day examples of God’s involvement in our lives provide encouragement to rely on God.  She enjoys speaking to women and inspires them to trust God and His warm love. Currently, she is using her love of story to write historical novels.

As the mother of four and grandmother of fifteen, she finds life full of inspiring stories. Join her to read about God’s work in His people.

 

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