BOUNDARIES AND BURNOUT

Follow the Lord’s rules for doing his work. –  2 Timothy 2:5 TLB

Are you so eager to stay in everybody’s good graces that you’re complying with their every demand, even though it’s draining you? Good people bum out every day because they lack discernment when it comes to setting boundaries. And once that happens it’s hard to fix, because none of us (not even those “ordained by God!”) can break His natural laws without consequences. A well-known Bible teacher writes: “Once when I was complaining about my heavy schedule I heard God’s Spirit say, ‘You’re the one who makes the schedule; if you don’t like it, do something about it.?’

Paul told Timothy: “Follow the Lord’s rules for doing his work … as an athlete … follows the rules or is disqualified.” Not every problem is spiritual, some are physical. Furthermore, you can’t blame the devil for things that are your fault. We resent people who pressure us, yet we keep doing what they want: and it feeds our silent anger. You’re allowing yourself to be pressured by not taking responsibility for your own life! The fact is, many wen-intentioned folks are walking around burned out and depressed because they can’t say no. They forget that Jesus is our example; that even He made time for rest and

renewal. The answer lies in: (a) putting your life under the guidance of the Holy Spirit; (b) learning to put first things first; (c) not expecting everybody to understand when you set boundaries. Remember, Solomon said, “A friend loveth at all times” (Pr 17: 17), not just when you comply with their wishes.

So if saying no cost” you the friendship, it wasn’t a healthy friendship to start with!

Taken from the Best of Word for Today , 2007

 

Thanksgiving Turkey Song

(sung to the tune O Christmas Tree)

 

O turkey dear O turkey dear

How lovely are thy feathers

O turkey dear O turkey dear

There could be nothing better!

We celebrate Thanksgiving Day

By putting your carcass on display.

O turkey dear O turkey dear

You thought we were friends who came to greet you.

 

O turkey dear O turkey dear

We gathered here to eat you!

O turkey day O turkey day

The family is all together

O turkey day O turkey day

We’ve over come bad weather

Seeing the family is so fab

We’ll see ya’ll again in rehab.

O turkey day O turkey day

We’ll drink away your memory.



THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX 1

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX!

Waters to swim in. -Ezekiel 47:1-5

Have you heard about the frog that was born at the bottom of a well? He thought life couldn’t get any better till one day he looked up and saw daylight. Climbing up to investigate he was amazed to find a much larger pond than the one he lived in. And going further afield he discovered a lake that was bigger again. When eventually he came to the ocean and all he could see was water, it dawned on him just how limited his thinking had been. He thought everything he needed was down in the well, but that was a drop in the bucket compared to the things that were out there for him to enjoy.

Maybe you’re living today in your own little “well,” reluctant to leave your comfort zone, settling for a limited and safe existence while God has rivers deep enough “to swim in,” Wouldn’t you like to step out in faith, experience new depths in Him and go where you’ve never been before? Remember, the enemy will do everything he can to keep you focused on your background, your lack of formal education, your appearance and your limited resources. But Bruce Wilkinson says, “It doesn’t matter whether you’re short of money, people, energy, or time. What God invites you to do will always be greater than the resources you start with.” You don’t have to let fear limit your vision when God is your source, because His supply is unlimited! One idea from Him, just one, can change your life and the lives of others, He’s got great things in store for you today-so start thinking outside the box!

Taken from the Best of Word for Today , 2007

 

Thanksgiving One Liners

I’m excited about Thanksgiving because I love unwelcome parenting advice from relatives I see twice a year.

Thanksgiving is great because people tend to speak less when food is lodged in their mouths.

My husband doesn’t think housework is a full-time job. So for Thanksgiving I served him a raw turkey because revenge is a dish best served cold.

I can’t think of a better time to have the munchies.

If you didn’t want to sit at the kids’ table then you shouldn’t have seen the new Hunger Games movie.



FOOTPRINTS

I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. – Hebrews 13:5

Take a moment and reread these timeless words by Margaret Fishback Powers: “One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand. One belonged to me and other to the Lord. When the last scene of my life flashed before me, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that many times along the path there was only one set of footprints. I also noticed that it happened at the lowest times in my life. This really bothered me and I questioned the Lord about it. ‘Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, you would walk with me all the way. But I notice that during the worst times in my life there was only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why in times when I needed you most, you should leave me,’ The Lord replied, ‘My child, I love you and would never leave you during your times of trial and suffering. When you saw only one set of footprints … they were mine. It was then that I carried you!”

Need reassurance? “The Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not” (Dt 31 :8). Need more reassurance? “For he hath said, I will never leave thee nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, the Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man

shall do unto me” (Heb 13:5-6). Today you’re not alone-God is with you!

Taken from the Best of Word for Today , 2007

 

What happened when the turkey got into a fight? He got the stuffing knocked out of him!

What do you get when you cross a turkey with a banjo? A turkey that can pluck itself!

When do you serve tofu turkey? Pranksgiving.

What did the turkey say to the man who tried to shoot it? Liberty, Equality and Bad aim for all.

Who doesn’t eat on Thanksgiving? A turkey because it is always stuffed.

Why did the Pilgrims want to sail to America in the spring? Because April showers bring Mayflowers!



HOME (2)

Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.  JAMES 2:18

Faith alone is the channel of God’s saving grace, and the proof of faith is our good works.

But when Paul spoke of works, he was generally speaking of the works of the law, like observing the Sabbath. When James spoke of works, he was referring to the fruit of genuine faith. Remember their

audiences: Paul was addressing people who thought they could be saved by keeping the law through their own human effort, so Paul emphasized grace. James’s argument is for those who adhere to a

cheap faith that says, “I am saved and under grace, so I can live any way I desire.”

It’s possible to have no faith and no works. It’s also possible to have works and no faith. But it’s impossible to have true saving faith and no works. Yet biblical Christianity is not about faith and works

either. Salvation begins with faith alone, but genuine Christianity is about a faith that works.

“Show me.” Most of the world is waiting to see faith in action, The proof is not in what you say, but in what you do and how you do it.

Lord, if faith is good enough to save me, it is good enough to live by today, I trust You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

If the Pilgrims were alive today, what would they be most famous for?

Their AGE!

 

Why do the pants of pilgrims keep falling down?

Because their belt buckles are on their hats!

 

Which side of the turkey has the most feathers?

The outside

 

What happened to the Pilgrim who was shot at by an Indian?

He had an arrow escape

 

What are the feathers on a turkey’s wings called? Turkey feathers



HOME

If a man dies, shall he live again? JOB 14:14

In the midst of his great difficulties, Job found hope in his confident expectation that he would see God in the next life. In heaven, we will never see a hospital: there will be no sickness. We will see no funeral homes: there will be no more death. We will see no more counseling centers: there will be no more depression, heartache, or mental illness. We will see no more boxes of tissues, for there will be no more tears. And whatever takes the joy out of life for you will be gone forever for those of us who can say, “I know that my Redeemer lives” (Job 19:25).

“If a man dies, shall he live again?” (Job 14:14), Yes … somewhere! “In torments in Hades” (Luke 16:23) or “carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom” (v. 22). Those who have placed their hope in Christ, their Redeemer, will live with Him in heaven forever. For the believer, death is not about leaving home. It’s about going home!

This world is not your final home. You are simply passing through it on your way to your home “not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (2 Corinthians 5:1).

Lord, home is not really a place, it is a person … You! In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

Small Business

A small business owner was dismayed when a brand new corporate chain much like his own opened up next door and erected a huge sign which read BEST BLACK FRIDAY DEALS. He was horrified when another competitor opened up on his right, and announced its arrival with an even larger sign, reading LOWEST BLACK FRIDAY PRICES. The small business owner panicked, until he got an idea. He put the biggest sign of all over his own shop-it read… MAIN ENTRANCE.

 

What did the turkey say to the computer?

Google, google, google!



EMPTY

 

After my skin is destroyed, this I know, That in my flesh I shall see God, Whom I shall see for myself.   – JOB 19:26-27

In Jerusalem today there is a beautiful garden and in it lies a famous tomb, but there are many famous tombs in the world.

The pyramids of Egypt are famous for the pharaohs who lie inside. The Cave of Machpelah in Hebron is famous for holding the bones of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. In London, Westminster Abbey contains the bodies of Browning, Tennyson, Livingston, and other great Englishmen and -women, In Mecca is the tomb of Muhammad, the prophet of Islam. All those tombs are famous for who is inside them. But the Garden Tomb, just outside the city walls of Jerusalem, is famous for whom it doesn’t contain! Job’s answer to life’s question is pointed: “I know that my Redeemer lives” (Job 19:25)!

So Job said, “I have lost everything. So what if death comes? I know that my Redeemer lives and that in the end He will restore me. He lives, and I will live again also.”

Let everything you see today that is empty (a cup, a pen, ctc.) be a reminder to you that Christ’s tomb is still empty. Because He lives, you will live again also.

Lord, my eternal hope rests securely in Your empty tomb. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

 

Hope your Turkey is moist and your stuffing is fluffy and when you’re done eating you’ll be nice and stuffy.

Happy Turkey Day, America!

 

Pro Football Turkey

The pro football team had just finished their daily practice session when a large turkey came strutting onto the field. While the players gazed in amazement, the turkey walked up to the head coach and demanded a tryout. Everyone stared in silence as the turkey caught pass after pass and ran right through the defensive line. When the turkey returned to the sidelines, the coach shouted, “You’re terrific!!! Sign up for the season, and I’ll see to it that you get a huge bonus.” “Forget the bonus,” the turkey said, “All I want to know is, does the season go past Thanksgiving Day?”

 

Potatoes

A potato and a sweet potato were playing on the playground. The sweet potato told the potato,”Hey, I just found out I’m related to you.” The potato said,” No you’re are not!” The sweet potato said back,”Yes, I yam.”



BATTLE

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

PROVERBS 9:10

In parenting our children, we need wisdom. We need to pick our battles. Is it more important to be able to say you never changed your mind about a decision or that your child’s room was always clean-or to see your children grow up with virtue and values, convictions and commitments?

Sometimes we parents definitely need to discipline our children. But at other times we need to keep the big picture in mind and extend grace. Losing a few little battles is not as important as winning the larger war. The Lord will give us wisdom if we ask.

 Those who need your love the most often deserve it the least. Be willing to lose a few little inconsequential battles in order to win the much bigger war.

Lord, give me wisdom to choose my battles wisely and leave some of them alone. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

 

An Industrious Turkey Farmer

An industrious turkey farmer was always experimenting with breeding to perfect a better turkey. His family was fond of the leg portion for dinner and there were never enough legs for everyone.

After many frustrating attempts, the farmer was relating the results of his efforts to his friends at the general store get together. “Well I finally did it! I bred a turkey that has 6 legs!”

They all asked the farmer how it tasted.

“I don’t know”, said the farmer. “I never could catch it!”

 

Why can’t you take a turkey to church?

They use FOWL language.

 

Why was the Thanksgiving soup so expensive?

It had 24 carrots.



PROGRESSION

When desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.  – JAMES 1:15

Temptation is like a weed growing in the midst of flowers in a garden: left unchecked it takes over. Now, a weed has three distinct features. It has a root, a shoot, and a fruit. Left alone, the root produces a shoot that bursts forth out of the ground and immediately produces a fruit that, in turn, produces more weeds. This is exactly what James was describing in the verse above.

The evil desires within us “conceive” (they take root), then they “give birth to sin” (they shoot up), and finally they become “full-grown” (they produce a dangerous fruit).

The root of temptation is a selfish desire, the shoot is a sinful decision, and the resulting fruit is a sure defeat. Or, as James put it, “When desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.” And any law of Scripture is as certain and sure as the law of gravity.

Make certain today that every desire that enters your heart is in line with God’s Word. If not, do not give it a room in which to dwell. This is the place to avoid this destructive progression.

  Lord, as I delight in You, may the desires of my heart be only the ones You have planted there. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

 

Stuffed Turkey

Baby Bruno was sitting in his grandmother’s kitchen, watching her prepare the Thanksgiving meal.

“What are you doing?” Bruno asked.

“Oh, I’m just stuffing the turkey”, his grandmother replied.

“That’s cool!” Bruno said.

“Are you going to hang it next to the deer?”

 

What kind of music did the Pilgrims like?

Plymouth Rock

 

If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?

Pilgrims



GRATITUDE

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. – PSALM 100:4

Thanksgiving week is when Americans set aside time for the express purpose of offering our thanks to God for His many blessings upon us and upon our nation. Sadly, this original purpose seems overshadowed by parades and pies, football and feasting. How many of us pause to offer heartfelt thanks to God for His many blessings and great faithfulness?

One day Jesus encountered ten lepers. When they called to Him, He stopped and healed all ten, but only one of them returned to thank Jesus. The Lord asked the healed leper-and us-a poignant and penetrating question: “Were there not ten cleansed? … Where are the nine?” (Luke 17:17).

Are you like the nine who rushed off? Or do you, like the one, make time to “enter into His gates with thanksgiving” (Psalm lOO:4)? When God blesses you, always “be thankful to Him, and bless His name” (v. 4).

There is a liberating effect in a life lived in the environment of thanksgiving. Make sure you possess an attitude of gratitude.

 Lord, thank You for Your “indescribable gift” (2 Corinthians 9:15) to me in Christ and Your many blessings. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

 

The Man Who Forgot to Buy a Turkey for Thanksgiving

It’s the day before Thanksgiving, and the butcher is just locking up when a man begins pounding on the front door.

“Please let me in”, says the man desperately. “I forgot to buy a turkey, and my wife will kill me if I don’t come home with one”.

“Okay”, says the butcher. “Let me see what I have left”. He goes into the freezer and discovers that there’s one last scrawny turkey left. He brings it out to show the man.

“That one is too skinny. What else you got?” says the man.

The butcher takes the bird back into the freezer and waits a few minutes, and brings the same turkey back out to the man.

“Oh, no”, says the man, “that one doesn’t look any better. You better give me both of them!”

 

Grocery Store

A lady was looking for a turkey but couldn’t find one big enough. She asked the stock boy “Do these turkeys get any bigger?” The stock boy replied “No they’re dead.”



AIM THEM IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. (2)

Train up a child … in keeping with his individual gift or bent. -Proverbs 22:6 AMP

Raising your child “in the way he should go” means recognizing 4 things: (1) Strengths. At 2, Van Cliburn

played a song on the piano as a result of listening to teaching in the adjacent room. His mother noticed, gave him lessons, and the kid from Kilgore, Texas went on to win the first intemational Tchaikovsky piano competition in Moscow. (2) Topics. John Ruskin said, “Tell me what you like, and I’ll tell you what

you are.” What do your children like? Numbers? Colors? Activities? Study them! The greatest gift you can give them is not your riches, but revealing to them their own. (3) Optimal conditions. A cactus thrives in different conditions than a rose bush. What soil does your child grow best in? Some kids love to be noticed. Others prefer to hide in the crowd. Some do well taking tests. Others excel with the subject, but stumble through exams. Winston Churchill repeatedly failed tests in school, and he turned out okay. We each have different optimal conditions. What are your children’s? (4) Relationships. What phrase best describes your child? “Follow me, everyone … I’Il let you know if I need some help … Can we do this together? .. Tell me what to do and I’ll do it.” Don’t characterize loners as aloof, or crowd seekers as arrogant. They may be living out their story. What gives your children satisfaction? What makes them say “yes!” Do they love the journey or the destination? Do they like to keep things straight or straighten things out? What thrills one child, bothers another. Parent, resist the urge to label before you study. Understand the uniqueness of your child!

From the Best of The Word for Today, 2007

 

Grandpa was telling his young grandson what life was like when he was a boy.

“In the winter we’d ice skate on our pond. In the summer we could swim in the pond, and pick berries in the woods. We’d swing on an old tire my dad hung from a tree on a rope. And we had a pony we rode all over the farm.”

The little boy was amazed, and sat silently for a minute.

Finally he said, “Granddad, I wish I’d gotten to know you a lot sooner!”

 

I was having trouble with the idea of turning 30 and was oversensitive to any signs of advancing age. When I found a prominent gray hair in my bangs, I pointed to my forehead. “Have you seen this?” I indignantly asked my husband.

“What?” he asked. “The wrinkles?”

 




 

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