Today we should share with others what we are hoping to find, complish, restore and create during this season of Lent and Easter.

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you. Isaiah 26:3 NLT

For other inspiration messages from Therese go to http://www.theresemarszalek.com/InspirationalMsgs.html

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Day 4 of Lent- 1 Samuel 3:9

February 16, 2013

Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.

I am spending the day outside in nature. I write this in advance in the hopes that you to can get outside in this winter weather and see where you hear HIM while enjoying what HE created!

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Paul wrote to the Philippians, “I am certain that God, who began the good word within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Phil 1:6 NLT

I know that even when I am not working on me, HE is. The reminder, the touches, the hints. Why are they so hard to hear some days? What is in your way and mine?

Today, I will spend time with myself to listen and work on who HE wants me to be.

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Day 2 of Lent- Reflection

February 14, 2013

While starting to use the 40 Days book, I realized I don’t reflect or mediate or just spend time with God each day. Do you?

Therese says, “Daily, I will respond when Jesus says, “Come.”"

WOW, powerful! I think I usually say something like hold on a minute, I just need to finish XYZ. Today I will stop when He calls.

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How do you look at Lent? Do you look at it as a time to starve yourself- literally or figuratively? OR do you look at it as a time to reflect, course correct and spend time with God?

I try to come up with 1-something to give up 2-something to start new and 3-something to change.

My family loves that every other year I give up french fries OR diet coke. They would much prefer that I DON’T give anything up for Lent. They are sometimes the beneficiaries of the other two options. Sometimes it is writing a note in their lunch boxes or cleaning out the toy closet for them. Or spending some quality time with my husband each and every day. It is amazing how much time can go by where you and your hubby act as ground control in your home. “Off to take X here” or “You are needed for vocabulary testing in Y’s room”.

Well this year, I am going to do all three in one. I am going to give up some of my personal reading time to DEVOUR the book 40 Days. I assume working the assignment will help me change many of the things I do today and help me create new and better habits.

Would you consider joining me on this JOURNEY?

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What’s the Purpose? (click to see her book)

Do you know your purpose today? Is it just another day? Are you going through the motions of the same old routine? Maybe you, like me, have a bulging list of “to dos” and your appointment calendar is brimming over. You may know your schedule, but do you know your purpose?

If you’re a child of God, the King of Kings designed a divine purpose for your day today. Before you were born, God had already planned your schedule and prepared good works in advance for you to do (Ephesians 2:10). Your purpose lies in the midst of the tailor made plan God prepared for you.

Since I’m an organizer and thrive on a structured schedule, I sometimes lose focus of my purpose somewhere between my prayer time and checking off items on my to do list. While giving my full attention to my plans for the day, I sometimes forget that I’m on this earth to fulfill God’s purpose, not my self-designed, self-willed purpose.

Fulfilling your purpose doesn’t mean every item will get checked off your endless to do list and it doesn’t mean everything will be completed as planned. Why? Interruptions! Unplanned and often irritating interruptions arrive at the most inconvenient times, forcing you to put your much thought out plan aside to instead give attention to something you’d often rather not deal with.

If you submit yourself to God’s plan for the day, interruptions will still come, but they won’t induce stress or flustration (flustered and frustrated). As you make your way through God’s to-do list, you won’t sigh in discouragement when incomplete items on your to do list glare at you.

God’s plan for this day and for this hour may be different than your plan. It’s wise to create a plan and to set your course for the day, but surrender that plan to God and allow Him to have His way with it. Proverbs 16:9 says, “In his heart, a man plans his course but the Lord determines his steps.” As you orchestrate the course you’ve chosen to reach your destination, allow God the freedom to determine how you get there.

I remember times I’ve hesitated to answer the shrieking phone, frustrated because the unexpected call interrupted my precious schedule. I recall hearing the doorbell ring in the middle of my prayer time; I felt so put out that someone had the nerve to interrupt such a holy time. Yet, after listening to the heartache of a friend or offering a neighbor comfort and prayer, I realized that what I thought was a frustrating interruption wasn’t a frustration at all. It was a divine part of God’s ordained plan for my day.

What’s your purpose today? To fulfill God’s divine purpose for each moment. As you purpose to know Jesus, He’ll flow through your life to fulfill God’s purpose. Today, as you set your course, allow God to guide your steps and be willing to change your schedule to fit God’s heavenly schedule.

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31 Verses for You and Your Child- March 2012

March 1, 2012

KIP(click for printable version) Our dear friend Teri at www.keepingitpersonal.com has asked us to join her in a daily prayer for OUR children. We are starting March 1st… so join us starting today!

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Happy Leap Day- Happy Birthday to all Leapers!

February 29, 2012

A leap year poem to remember it by- Thirty days hath September, April, June and November; All the rest have thirty-one Save February, she alone Hath eight days and a score Til leap year gives her one day more.

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The Urbino Bible – Limited Edition at Celebrate Your Faith

February 16, 2012
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The Urbino Bible, commissioned by Federico da Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino, in the late 15th Century, is a stunning work of art in its own right. The Urbino Bible is one of the rare examples of artistic collaboration in Florence during this time period. This splendid manuscript, without a doubt a Florentine miniature masterpiece of [...]

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Internet Evangelism Day

May 15, 2011
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May 15, 2011 has been marked as Internet Evangelism Day, which is an annual worldwide focus day for digital evangelism. The entire month of May is also designated as Digital Evangelism Month. The Internet is a powerful tool for reaching people all over the world. It may seem very obvious how people all over the [...]

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Honor our Heroes on Memorial Day

May 29, 2011
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A Day to Remember the Men and Women who have Served our Country A hero, as defined by Noah Webster’s Dictionary of 1828, is “a man of distinguished valor, intrepidity or enterprise in danger; as a hero in arms”. The modern-day Merriam-Webster Dictionary places the first meaning of a hero as a mythological or legendary [...]

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Man of God ~ Honored Father

June 18, 2011

Father’s Day is a time set aside to show special honor to our fathers, or men who are father-figures in our lives. A father is someone who is there to offer love and support to his children – be they biological children, step-children, or “spiritual” children that God has placed in his life for him [...]

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Yet Another Reason to Celebrate

July 8, 2011

Celebrate Your Faith. Give Glorious Gifts. Share God’s Love. We thank you for your support as we celebrate the fourth anniversary of CelebrateYourFaith.com. Looking back, it is amazing all that the Lord has done through this business. We are looking forward to celebrating all that is coming in the future! This has been the dream [...]

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Remembering 9/11 – Celebrating the National Day of Encouragement

September 10, 2011
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Remembering 9/11 Celebrating the National Day of Encouragement (9/12) “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” Psalm 33:12 NIV The tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks conjures up many memories and emotions in the hearts of every American and those around the world. It was a day where we saw unprecedented attacks on [...]

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Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) 2011

October 10, 2011
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Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) 2011 Sundown Wednesday, October 12 thru Thursday, October 20. The festival of Sukkot is instituted in Leviticus 23:33-44. The Festival of Sukkot begins on the fifth day after Yom Kippur. It is quite a drastic transition, from one of the most solemn holidays in our year to one of the most [...]

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The San Damiano Cross

November 3, 2011
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The San Damiano Cross is the large Romanesque rood cross that St. Francis of Assisi was praying before when he received the commission from the Lord to rebuild the Church. The original crucifix was painted by an unknown Umbrian artist in the twelfth century. The San Damiano Cross is rich with symbolism based on the [...]

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Giving Thanks for the ULTIMATE Blessing

November 22, 2011
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“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 KJV At Thanksgiving, we oftentimes reflect on WHAT we are thankful for. We think of our family and friends, the freedoms we enjoy living in America, the roof over our heads, the food on our [...]

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Celebrate Your Faith Top 10 Gifts For Christmas 2011- #10 Bookmarks

December 1, 2011

KT loves this collection of bookmarks.  They are made of engraved leather. One set has bible versions- click here to see. One set has meaningful words like love and peace. click here to see. And another set has quotes from Psalms. click here to see.

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Celebrate Your Faith- Christmas Gift Item #9 Nail Cross Necklaces

December 2, 2011

KT loves all the nail cross necklaces. I included a sample of a favorite. If you go to www.celebrateyourfaith.com and search nail cross jewelry, you can search the whole assortment.

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Celebrate Your Faith – Christmas Gift Idea #8 Standing Crosses

December 4, 2011

Decorating for the holidays isn’t one of my favorite things to do HOWEVER I love to decorate my home year round with crosses. I have 4 crossing hanging in my office. I have 5 hanging in my dining room. You get the point. I have a ton of HANGING crosses. I want STANDING CROSSES for [...]

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Celebrate Your Faith- Christmas Gift #7 – Personalized Bibles

December 6, 2011

What says, “I thought of YOU!” more than a personalized gift. They know you didn’t regift it. They know you had to think about it in advance. AND with it being a Bible, they know you thought enough about them to give them something so precious and inspirational and loving. Here is a link to [...]

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Celebrate Your Faith – Christmas Gift #6 – Candles

December 7, 2011

As the days shorten and the temperatures drop, candles are more frequently used at our home. At our family dinners, after the children go to bed and even in the mornings while reading the Sunday paper. The warmth and aroma from a candle is so welcoming. Give a gift that is sure to brighten someone [...]

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Celebrate Your Faith – Christmas Gift Idea #5 – Cuff Bracelets

December 8, 2011

KT loves cuff bracelets. I know I have shared this before on Facebook but I really really do. The photos attached are hot hot hot! I was reading Real Simple and InStyle last night and was thrilled that both publications included cuff bracelets in their Gift Guides. click here for a link to cuff bracelets!

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Celebrate Your Faith – Christmas Gift Idea #4 – Charms

December 9, 2011

Charms as so much more versatile then when KT was a kid. I had to get mine soldered onto a bracelet. Today you can clip them onto a link bracelet, a bangle bracelet or a necklace(Instyle gift guide 2011 twice). Mix and match them. Remove them around. I like all the memories that go along [...]

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Celebrate Your Faith – Christmas Gift Idea #3 – Bronze

December 10, 2011

KT loves Creator Mundi bronze. They are a little more contemporary and leave the details to my imagination. I love the sharp lines of the figures. I also like that I don’t have to worry when my children play with the nativity or when one gets dropped while dusting. My mother-in-law loves angels. She keeps [...]

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Celebrate Your Faith – Christmas Gift Idea #1 – Jeweled Cross Necklace

December 12, 2011

KT loves jewelry. And I love crosses. So would you surprised to hear I own over 10 cross necklaces/pendants. That means a lady can never have too many jeweled crosses. The one I selected to show here is a medium size. The same vendors makes a small and a large version in case you like [...]

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Celebrate Your Faith – Weekly Prayer Guide – Samaritan’s Purse

December 23, 2011

SUNDAY: Pray for the children and their families who receive a shoe box gift, that hearts will be opened to the Good News of Jesus Christ. MONDAY: Most children who receive shoe box gifts live in desperate circumstances. Pray that God will meet their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. TUESDAY: Pray for our ministry partners [...]

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Anticipation – Advent – Celebrate Your Faith

December 15, 2011

Anticipation Christmas morning… What is the first thing your children do? Mine run to find and place Baby Jesus in the nativity with his parents, angels, wise men and animals. I love that they (13 and 11) still enjoy the wonder and excitement of His coming. (Ok, I know the pile of presents under the [...]

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For unto us…

December 24, 2011

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be upon his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

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Simeon: A Lesson in Waiting for the Promise of God

December 25, 2011
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Just the other night, I was watching a Christmas movie on GMC. ‘Tis the season for Christmas movies on a number of channels! The movie was not very interesting, to be honest, but I kept flipping back to it because there was nothing else on TV worth watching. There came a part in the movie [...]

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Journaling – Our Daily Bread

December 31, 2011

An excerpt from today’s Our Daily Bread…. 20 Years ago I began keeping a spiritual journal. AS I reread my first few entries, I am amazed o ever kept it up. But now you couldn’t pay me to stop~ I see that progress and failure are both part of the journey. I gain insight from [...]

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Let’s Be Ready – Our Daily Bread

January 1, 2012

An excerpt from today’s daily bread… Happy New Year! All of my life I’ve had to ‘be ready.’ As a child, I had to be ready for dinner by washing my hands. As an adult, being ready for important responsibilities continues to be an ongoing reality. But I’ve come to realize that nothing is more [...]

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I Have A Dream Martin Luther King 2012

January 16, 2012

I have a DREAM that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: / we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. I have a DREAM that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the [...]

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Romans 12:4-8

February 5, 2012

Romans 12:4-8 New Living Translation (NLT) 4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. 6 In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain [...]

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Seeds of Spring – Christian Recovery Counseling

February 6, 2012

Did you read yesterday’s post???? What feeling did it leave? Did you feel a calling to help others? Did you reflect on YOUR gifts that you can share? This spring on April 14th from 10-12, join the Christian Recovery Counseling for their Seeds of Spring Event. Therese Marszalek will be speaking. She is a close [...]

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Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2012

I Love YOU! My love for you is more precious than gold, Please believe it and enter my fold. I have placed in your heart a longing for me; Open your eyes, my child, and this you will see! My love for you cannot be fathomed; It reaches from heaven to the deepest chasm. Since [...]

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The Resurrection Released a Power

April 8, 2012
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“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.”” John 11:25 NJKV While listening to a recent message by Jack Hayford on the “Spirit Formed” broadcast, I heard him describe Easter in this way… The whole message of Easter is not [...]

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Blessing in Heeding The Voice of The Lord

March 28, 2012
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Go WHERE the Lord says go. Go WHEN the Lord says go. These are both statements that as believers, we would like to be able to say we would do. Sometimes the WHEN and the WHERE are very clear, but the WHY may remain a mystery. Are we willing to go with no real explanation [...]

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