18th Nov2014

My Song of Praise

by Daenel

My Song of Praise {Living Outside the Stacks}
In Him,

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11th Nov2014

Blessed is the Nation

by Daenel

Happy Veterans Day!

Blessed is the nation {Living Outside the Stacks}

To all of those who’ve served, I honor you and I thank you. And to your families, I pray God’s blessings on you for health, strength, peace, and love. If you’d like to know how you can honor someone who has served, please go here.

In Him,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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06th Nov2014

Coffee Talk: Bible Study Suggestions and Squeekerz

by Daenel

I’d like to welcome you to Coffee Talk. In case you’re new here, this is where I share some of the great and not~so~great stuff that I find on the web. Topics range from news stories that leave me scratchin’ my head to DIYs that I think are absolutely clever. And, who knows, there may even be a recipe thrown in here or there just for fun.

So grab a cup of coffee {or tea or whatever floats your boat} and let’s talk…

Last week, I asked for questions and I received two:

  1. Could I suggest some bible studies
  2. Can I show Squeekerz

Well, here’s a list of the bible studies that I talked about in the video:

  • Women’s Bible Cafe ~ nondenominational bible study group for women. They also offer monthly online book groups.
  • Bible Gateway ~ hosting a bible study called “How to Understand the Bible”. There are also reading plans.
  • She Reads Truth ~ they offer a variety of devotionals and bible study plans.
  • True Woman ~ teachings on the biblical principals of womanhood

And for all things Squeekerz, click here and here.

Squeekerz {Living Outside the Stacks}

I decided to make this a little bit more interactive. Do you have questions for me? If so, leave them in the comments below and we’ll talk about them next Thursday.

If you’d like to see me on YouTube, click here and hit the subscribe button!

So grab a cup of coffee {or tea or whatever floats your boat} and let’s talk

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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03rd Nov2014

Grow in Grace

by Daenel

Grow in Grace {Living Outside the Stacks}

In Him,

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28th Oct2014

All You Have to do is Believe

by Daenel

Saved by Grace {Living Outside the Stacks}

I love that commercial where the three ladies are talking and the one has hung pictures all over her wall and other friend points to them and says, “I like that one” and the other friend looks bewildered and says, “That’s not how it works. That’s not how any of this works.” It seriously cracks me up every time I see it on TV. I think because it shows a basic truth about human nature: sometimes we make things more complicated than they have to be.

I’ve heard people say they’ll accept Christ after they fix this or that in their lives or that they’re going to Heaven because they’re basically good people. Well, that’s not how it works. That’s not how any of this works. First and foremost, we can’t “fix” ourselves. Nor does God want us to. If we could, then the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ wouldn’t have been necessary. The fact is that God loves us despite our flaws {Romans 5:8} and because of that love He sent His son that we may have eternal life through faith in Him {John 3:16}.

And just as we can’t fix ourselves, we can’t “buy” our way in either {Romans 6:23 and Titus 3:5}. God doesn’t have a set number of good deeds you have to perform in order to make it to Heaven; eternal life is a gift that has been given freely to us by a loving  and merciful God. All you have to do is believe…

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21st Oct2014

Go and Speak without Fear

by Daenel

Jeremiah 1 and 7 through 8 {Living Outside the Stacks}

God does not send us out unequipped. He prepares us and protects us {that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy, that just means that The Word will be heard}, so we need to surrender our hearts and our lives to Him. No excuses.

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

09th Jul2014

How to Wear a Denim Maxi Skirt: Boho Style

by Daenel

Black Poet Blouse and Denim Maxi Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Black Poet Blouse and Denim Maxi Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Black Poet Blouse and Denim Maxi Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Black Poet Blouse and Denim Maxi Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Black Poet Blouse and Denim Maxi Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}Black Poet Blouse and Denim Maxi Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

I absolutely positively love skirts. Especially maxi skirts. But denim maxi skirts have totally stolen my heart. They’re quite possibly one of the most versatile pieces of clothing, you can dress them up or down. They can be worn to church, to work, or to simply hang out with family and friends.

When I first purchased this skirt, I tried looking up different ways to wear it but all I kept seeing were black maxis, white tees, and denim shirts. Where oh where were the denim maxi skirts? I can’t possibly be the only one who likes them. Can I? I mean, if I am, it wouldn’t be the first time I was the only one who rocked a special look. “Boy” suspenders, anyone?

So I decided that I’d do my own little series because I know there are other ladies out there who love a denim maxi skirt. Notice how I keep saying that? I really don’t want to be the only one…

Denim maxi skirts are perfect for creating a boho chic look. Like jeans, denim maxis have a relaxed laid back feel to them. And when you pair them with a flowy  blouse, a ton of chunky jewelry, and 70’s inspired wedges like I did, the look is total flower child meets suburban mom. Quite a mix, no?

Next week I’ll show you how to take a denim maxi skirt to the office. Or, in my case, to the library.

Do you wear denim maxis? What would you add {or subtract} to make this look more boho?

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24th Apr2014

In Defense of My Faith

by Daenel

In Defense of My Faith Banner {Living Outside the Stacks}

A few years ago, I wrote a post about religious civility and the lack of respect that some people show towards people of faith, specifically towards Christians. The post was a reaction to some of the things that a few of my friends and acquaintances had posted over Easter weekend.

I honestly hadn’t planned to address the issue again but after seeing the same recycled “jokes” this past weekend, I realized two things:

  • The Bible says if I deny Jesus here on earth, He’ll deny me in Heaven {Matthew 10:33}
  • The comments and jokes are hurtful and rude, and instead of letting it fester, I need to get it out of my system

I know that much of the animosity towards Christians stems from the vitriolic actions of a few. But understand this: my love for Christ isn’t based on the condemnation of others but on the free {and sacrificial} gift of His love for me {John 3:16 and John 15:13}.

When I was in the Army and we went through sexual harassment training, one of the speakers said something that stuck with me: “Nothing is wrong until you say it’s wrong.” Meaning the initial responsibility for protecting my body, my heart, my spirit begins with me. People may not know they’re being offensive until it’s pointed out. So I’m pointing it out: calling my Lord and Savior out of His name is offensive and hurtful.

I know that we may not share the same religious beliefs and you may not understand why I believe what I do, but that doesn’t give you the right to be mean or dismissive. I may not agree with your beliefs but you’ll never hear me say anything that would grieve your heart.

Writing this post may cause me to lose some friends and I’m OK with that. Just know that I care for you and I always will. I’ll miss you and will always respect you. And, yes, I’ll even pray for you, because that’s what friends do {1 Thessalonians 5:11}.

But, ultimately, this is about my relationship with Christ and I never want to be in a position where He can say “Depart from me, I never knew you…” {Matthew 7:23}. I love my Lord and Savior and it is His approval that I desire.

Daenel T

20th Apr2014

Happy Resurrection Sunday!

by Daenel

He Is Risen {Living Outside the Stacks}

Matthew: 28:6

He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.

Jesus offered himself up as a sacrifice for my sins. But the redemption wasn’t in the crucifixion, it was in the resurrection. Jesus stated that he would die but that he would be raised up from the dead three days later. This is the foundation of our faith.

Even though there are days when I stumble, I walk in the knowledge that Jesus is the risen savior. And my confidence, my life, is in his hands.

Thank you, Lord, for loving me so much that you took the punishment for my sins. It is through your life, death, and resurrection that I am guaranteed eternal life. I love you and I thank you. Amen.

If you’d like to accept Jesus as your personal savior, all you have to do is confess with your mouth that Jesus loved you so much that he died for you and that God rose him from the dead {Romans 10:9~10}. That’s it. 

Daenel T

13th Jan2014

The Bible in 365 Days: Day 13 {In the Church}

by Daenel

The Bible in 365 Days: A Year with God {Living Outside the Stacks}

Scripture

Genesis 14:15~16

And he divided his forces against them by night, he and his servants, and defeated them and pursued them to Hobah, north of Damascus. Then he brought back all the possessions, and also brought back his kinsman Lot with his possessions, and the women and the people.

Observation

Four things stick out to me from these two verses:

  • divided ~ Abram was a soldier and a protector of his family; he found out Lot and his wife had been taken and he rounded up everyone and formed an army
  • defeated ~ he beat them
  • pursued ~ not only did he defeat them but he chased them
  • brought back ~ he claimed what was the enemy had stolen {his family and his possessions}

Application

Abram was a warrior. In my head, I heard him giving a battle cry when he found out that Lot and his family had been taken. You know that deep belly cry, the one you see in the movies where all the birds take off flying from a central location? Yeah, that one. Then I saw him rounding up his men and telling them that they were going to take back what the enemy had stolen.

I think that’s how God wants us to be. When the enemy comes into our camp {our home} and steals our joy, God wants us to gather our army {Psalm 91:11} and take back our possessions.

Prayer

Dear Lord, please forgive me for any sins that I knowingly and unknowingly committed today. Help me to be a warrior like Abram. Grant me the wisdom to know how and when to pursue. And, Lord, help me to bring back all of my possessions. In your name, I pray, amen.

Daenel T

12th Jan2014

The Bible in 365 Days: Day 12 {In the Church}

by Daenel

The Bible in 365 Days: A Year with God {Living Outside the Stacks}

Scripture

Genesis 13:16

I will make your offspring as the dust of the earth, so that if one can count the dust of the earth, your offspring also can be counted.

Observation

God made a promise to Abram that required faith on his part; Abram and Sarai were both old and she was barren.

Application

Believing in God is not a passive activity, it requires action. That action is faith.

Prayer

Dear Lord, please forgive me for any sins that I knowingly and unknowingly committed today. Help me, Lord, to walk in faith, trusting and believing in your promises. In your name, I pray, Amen.

Daenel T

11th Jan2014

The Bible in 365 Days: Days 10~11 {In the Church}

by Daenel

The Bible in 365 Days: A Year with God {Living Outside the Stacks}

Scripture

Genesis 12:1

Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.

Observation

God called Abram out from the comfort and security of his parents’ home in order to bless him.

Application

Leaving his father’s home and everything that was familiar to him, had to have been a big step of faith for Abram. As long as he was surrounded by his family and in familiar territory, there was no need for him to be totally dependent on God. But his blessing wasn’t in his homeland, his blessing was in unfamiliar territory.

I think this is what God wants from us, faith that leads us into unfamiliar territory. That means total and complete surrender {dependence} on God to supply your needs.

Prayer

Dear Lord, please forgive me for any sins that I knowingly and unknowingly committed today. Thank you for your love and grace that carries me through each day. Lord, I trust in you to do exceedingly great things for me. I’ve been moved out of my comfort zone in so many ways, and I thank you for that. I trust in you and know that you can do great things through me, within me, and for me. In your name, I pray, Amen.

Daenel T

09th Jan2014

The Bible in 365 Days: Day 9 {In the Church}

by Daenel

The Bible in 365 Days: A Year with God {Living Outside the Stacks}

Scripture

Genesis 9:16

When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.

Observation

God made a covenant between Himself and Noah and all of Noah’s descendants that He would never destroy the earth and its inhabitants with flood waters again. The rainbow was to serve as a reminder to God of His promise.

Application

God knew that men would continue to do evil, because they’re sinful by nature. So He promised that He’d never wipe out all of humanity again. However, He didn’t just leave us no way out; He provided a means of redemption for us through His son, Jesus Christ.

Prayer

Dear Lord, I love you and I love your word. Thank you for keeping your promise to us. Every time I see a rainbow I’m reminded of your promise of redemption and eternal life through your son, Jesus.Thank you for the most precious gift of life. Amen.

Daenel T

08th Jan2014

The Bible in 365 Days: Day 8 {In the Church}

by Daenel

The Bible in 365 Days: A Year with God {Living Outside the Stacks}

Scripture

Genesis 8:20

Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offering on the altar.

Observation

Sacrifices were a form of worship and sign of devotion.

Application

In verse 8 it says: “But God remembered Noah…”, this means that God remembered the covenant that He had made to protect Noah, his family, and the animals from judgement and He preserved them. Noah’s sacrifice both acknowledged and demonstrated gratitude for that preservation.

The same way that God established a covenant with Noah to preserve his family from destruction is the same way that God has established a covenant with us. He has promised us eternal life, all we have to do is believe in Him.

Prayer

Dear Lord, thank you for the covenant that you have established with my family and me. Thank you for your gift of eternal life. Thank you for loving me so much that you sent your son to die for my sins. I accept your love and I enter into a covenant with you to love and obey you always. Amen.

Daenel T

07th Jan2014

The Bible in 365 Days: Day 7 {In the Church}

by Daenel

The Bible in 365 Days: A Year with God {Living Outside the Stacks}

Scripture

Genesis 7:4

For in seven days I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living thing that I have made will blot out from the face of the ground.

Observation

God gave man an additional week to repent of his sins and be reconciled with Him.

Application

Mercy. There’s that word again. I believe that the whole time Noah was building the ark, he was telling the people around him why he was building it. I believe that he was letting them know that judgement was about to fall on them because of their evil ways.

And God, even at the very last minute, provided a way of escape from destruction but the people’s hearts were so hard that they couldn’t hear Him.

Like any good parent, God always warns His children before they’re about to be punished, it’s up to the kids to mend their ways.

Prayer

Dear Lord, thank you for my health, life, and strength. Thank you for giving me today and allowing me to see my baby girl turn 17. I know there have been so many times when I’ve disappointed you, when I haven’t heeded your warnings, yet you gave me a second and third {and sometimes more} chance to get it right. I love you and I praise you, in your name, Amen.

Daenel T

06th Jan2014

The Bible in 365 Days: Day 6 {In the Church}

by Daenel

The Bible in 365 Days: A Year with God {Living Outside the Stacks}

Scripture

Genesis 6:9

These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God.

Observation

The mercy extended to Noah’s family was not given because of Noah’s actions but because of his faith in God. Noah lived according to God’s precepts and compared to his generation, he was a good man.

We cannot earn mercy and grace, it is ours through faith in God as the sovereign Lord of our lives.

Application

Recently, I’ve been trying to come up with a word for the year. A word that would mean something to me spiritually, emotionally, and physically. A word that I could grab hold of an apply to my daily life. It seems like the word that has been jumping out at me over the last few days has been “MERCY“.

When I read the above verse, all I kept thinking was that God was so grieved in His heart over the sinfulness of man that He was sorry that He created him {Genesis 6:6} and, yet, even in His sorrow and anger, He found one man who was worthy of His mercy.

I don’t want to be in the position where I’m causing God heartache. I want to be the woman that He sees and calls “friend”.

Prayer

Dear Lord, thank you again for the extension of your mercy and grace when I haven’t deserved it. Thank you for loving me even when I wasn’t quite so lovable. I ask that you help me to show mercy and grace to those who’ve broken my heart. Help me to forgive them as you’ve forgiven me. But, most of all, Lord, let me be the woman that you call “friend”. Amen.

Daenel T

05th Jan2014

The Bible in 365 Days: Day 5 {In the Church}

by Daenel

The Bible in 365 Days: A Year with God {Living Outside the Stacks}

Scripture

Genesis 5:29

and called his name Noah, saying, “Out of the ground that the LORD has cursed this one shall bring us relief from our work and from the painful toil of our hands.”

Observation

Lamech, Noah’s father, was prophesying about the redemption of mankind through the coming savior, Jesus Christ. By the time Noah had become an adult and had a family of his own, the world had become so evil and corrupt that God’s only option was to destroy the earth and all who inhabited it. However, God had such a close relationship with Noah that He had mercy on him, his wife, his three sons, and their wives.

Through the faith and righteousness of Noah, mankind was given another opportunity for redemption and reconciliation with God. Noah served as intercessor for humankind.

Please don’t think this just came to me because I had to think long and hard about what I was supposed to get from today’s reading. Sometimes the Word is like that, you have to think, meditate, pray, and ask God to help you to see His message.

Application

God always provides a way out of a bad situation. We just have to believe. Because Noah and his family were preserved, humankind was given yet another opportunity to escape spiritual death {eternal separation from God}.

Prayer

Dear Lord, thank You again for Your word. Thank You for Your continuing grace and mercy, even when we don’t deserve it. Thank you for the unbroken chain of love that extends from the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, to the generations of today. In your name, Amen.

Daenel T

04th Jan2014

The Bible in 365 Days: Day 4 {In the Church}

by Daenel

The Bible in 365 Days: A Year with God {Living Outside the Stacks}

Scripture

Genesis 4:9

Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?”

Observation

God didn’t ask the question of Cain because He didn’t know what Cain had done, He asked to give Cain the opportunity to confess and ask for forgiveness. Rather than accept responsibility for his sins, Cain became sarcastic.

Even after his attitude, God still gave Cain another opportunity to confess in verse 10. Instead, Cain becomes even more insolent.

Application

No matter how hard we try, we can’t hide our sin from God. He sees and He knows everything, and even with that knowledge, He still gives us every opportunity for confession and repentance.

Prayer

Dear Lord, I know that I have done so much wrong ~ things that I thought were hidden in the corners of my heart, but You know my shame. I know that I’ve broken your heart and for that I am sorry. Thank you, Lord, for your grace and mercy. Thank you for your love. Amen.

Daenel T

03rd Jan2014

The Bible in 365 Days: Day 3 {In the Church}

by Daenel

The Bible in 365 Days: A Year with God {Living Outside the Stacks}

Scripture

Genesis 3:21

And the LORD God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife.

Observation

The making of the clothing from animal skins was the first sacrifice, a foreshadowing of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ for our sins. As a result of Adam’s and Eve’s disobedience, the just punishment should’ve been death but God showed mercy instead.

Application

God’s love and mercy is present even when we are willfully disobedient. This is not because we’re deserving of any special favors but because God loves us so much that He’s willing to give us a second {or third or fourth or fifth} chance.

Prayer

Dear Lord, thank you for the life that you’ve given me. Thank you for the things that I take for granted. Thank you for the extension of your love, grace, and mercy that cover me each day. Thank you for the sacrifice of your innocent son for my sins. Lord, I ask that you guide my footsteps and guard my heart. Help me to be the woman that you have called me to be. Amen.

Daenel T

02nd Jan2014

The Bible in 365 Days: Day 2 {In the Church}

by Daenel

The Bible in 365 Days: A Year with God {Living Outside the Stacks}

Scripture

Genesis 2:18

Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”

Observation

Every time God finished creating something new, he looked at it and said it was good, meaning that the purpose it was intended to serve had been fulfilled. The sun and moon created light and day, the waters watered the earth to feed and nourish the plants and livestock, etc. The only creation that, upon completion, did not receive the seal of approval was the creation of man. Man, by himself, was incomplete. Man’s purpose was to tend the Garden of Eden and replenish it, tasks he could not fulfill alone. So God had to make the man a partner, “a helper fit for him”.

Application

When I was a teenager, I was a raging feminist. I wanted nothing to do with the traditional concept of marriage and family. I’d grown up in a two parent home, a single parent home, a home with a stepparent, and it just seemed to me the ideal situation was a single parent home.

Everything I knew about the role of a wife and mother indicated that the woman was to be submissive. I didn’t want to be submissive. I wanted to be my own woman, to come and go as I pleased. I wanted to be in control.

Once I got older and started to read and understand the scriptures for myself, I realized three things:

  1. God created Eve from Adam’s side, indicating a partnership.Woman is meant to walk alongside man. She is his helper. Genesis 2:21~24
  2. God made woman strong. The women in the Bible are not passive women. At all. Judges 4:1~24, Proverbs 31:17
  3. Submission goes both ways. It’s not about one partner being above the other; it’s about both partners respecting each other and loving each other. Ephesians 5:22~28

Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your clarity in the scriptures and in marriage. Thank you for my husband who views me as his partner. Lord, you know I still struggle with pride, feelings of inadequacy, and fear of losing myself to a skewed concept of marriage. Help me, Lord, to become the wife that you would have me to be and the partner that my husband needs me to be. Guide my words, my thoughts, and my actions. Amen.

Daenel T

01st Jan2014

The Bible in 365 Days: Day 1 {In the Church}

by Daenel

The Bible in 365 Days: A Year with God {Living Outside the Stacks}

Scripture

Genesis 1:27

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Observation

God was very deliberate throughout the creation of the Heavens and the Earth. So it stands to reason that when He created man and woman, He was even more purposeful. Especially when I read that man and woman were created in the image of God. This means that there are no accidents, no mistakes…our creation was a very deliberate act.

Application

Last year, the opportunity for a promotion at work came up and I debated whether or not I should apply for it. It was a new position, but one that I had been filling for the year that I’d been working at the library. The hubs kept telling me to apply. He assured me that I could do it. And, although I’d been filling the role for a year, there was a part of me that kept saying I couldn’t do it. I told myself I wasn’t good enough. I wasn’t smart enough. It wasn’t until the very last minute that I agreed to apply.

But by that time, I’d already discounted myself.

I didn’t consider the source of my strength and my knowledge. I forgot in whose image I was created. By telling myself, I wasn’t smart enough or equipped to handle the responsibilities, I was essentially doubting God. Jeremiah 29:11 says:

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

He has only good things for me, I need to have the faith in Him and the confidence in myself to step boldly into my blessing.

Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for bringing me, my family, and friends into a New Year. Thank you for your grace and mercy that carried us through 2013. And as we enter into 2014, Lord, I ask that you give me faith and courage where I’m lacking. Give me the confidence to trust in the knowledge and skill that You have given to me. Allow me to grow wiser, kinder, and gentler, so that I more closely resemble the woman that you would have me to be. Amen.

Daenel T

17th Dec2013

Tip Tuesday: How to Treat Others {In the Church}

by Daenel

Micah 6:8 {Living Outside the Stacks}

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20th Nov2013

Throwback Thursday: Remember the Sabbath {In the Church}

by Daenel

Originally posted: 30 November 2011

Word Filled Wednesday: Exodus 20:9

Rush rush rush, it always seems like I’m in a hurry to catch up on stuff. That’s my life, 24/7. Whoa, wait! Did I just say 24/7? Yes, I did. And that’s a problem. The Lord tells us in Exodus 20:10 that the seventh day is the Lord’s day and on that day we nor anyone in our households are to do any work, that day is to be reserved for rest and worship, not for catching up on laundry or balancing the check book or whatever we come up with to do on that day.

We are to observe the Sabbath by keeping it holy and focusing on renewing ourselves in Him. So I challenge you as well as myself to keep the seventh day holy through prayer and consecration to the Lord our God.

Daenel T

 

16th Apr2013

Comfort {In the Church}

by Daenel

Psalm 34:18 {Living Outside the Stacks}

My prayer today and every day is that you find peace and comfort in the tender embrace of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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