16th Dec2014

Overflow of Hope

by Daenel

The God of Hope {Living Outside the Stacks}

In Him,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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09th Dec2014

Just Be Still

by Daenel

Be Still {Living Outside the Stacks}

In Him,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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02nd Dec2014

Think Before You Leap

by Daenel

Ponder The Path of Your Feet {Living Outside the Stacks}

In Him,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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25th Nov2014

Give Thanks

by Daenel

In Everything Give Thanks {Living Outside the Stacks}

Have a Happy Thanksgiving,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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18th Nov2014

My Song of Praise

by Daenel

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

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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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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03rd Nov2014

Grow in Grace

by Daenel

Grow in Grace {Living Outside the Stacks}

In Him,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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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…

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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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}

05th Sep2014

#SweatPink Fitness Friday Wrap~Up

by Daenel

Bible Verse

Run with Purpose {Living Outside the Stacks} #RunForGod #SweatPink #TeamLOTS

1 Corinthians 9:26

Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like the boxer beating the air.

Everything in life requires some sort of planning. Athletes don’t just get out there and play ball or run a race, they practice, they learn skills that make them better, they develop strategies, etc. Our spiritual lives are the same way, we have to have a goal in mind. My goal is to finish this race and claim the prize: eternal life with Christ, my savior.

Workouts

Monday, 1 September

  • Did a treadmill walk.
  • 1.47 miles

Tuesday, 2 September

  • Rest day
  • Registered for the Redhaw “Rawk” Your Body Challenge at work. This is a 10~week fitness/healthy lifestyle challenge.

Wednesday, 3 September

  • I started running with a beginner running group. They’re training for the Pretty in Pink 5K in October. I know it sounds like I’m going backwards by training with beginners, but the group is broken up into 3 different sections: beginners, walkers, and runners. Since I’m trying to build up my endurance, I hover between the beginners and the runners.
  • 1.85 miles

Thursday, 4 September

  • Rest day

What are your physical goals? How about your spiritual goals? Are you able to develop them both at the same time?

About #SweatPink

I am a #SweatPink Ambassador#SweatPink Ambassadors are a group of healthy people who support each other in reaching their fitness goals. Some are professional trainers, some are competitive athletes, some are college students, and some are every day people trying to get themselves healthy.

I’d like to thank the founders of #SweatPink and Fit Approach for the opportunity to work with them to help others get fit. I can’t wait to get my pink laces!

I invite you to follow along and get healthy with me as I focus not so much on changing the number on the scale but creating a healthy lifestyle that I can maintain.

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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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

01st Apr2014

Find the Beauty in the Brown

by Daenel

Find the Beauty in the Brown {Living Outside the Stacks}

Every day as I stare out my kitchen window, this is my view. Brown withered leaves, crunchy flower pods, splintered stems… Dead plants. sigh Yesterday, as I stood there preparing dinner, mentally complaining about the lack of life and color in my front yard, I started thinking about the things that are going on within me. And I realized, my problem isn’t external, it’s internal.

I’ve always been a creative person. And every job I’ve ever had has had an outlet for that creativity: when I was in the Army, I got to assist with meal planning {Have you ever planned a Thanksgiving meal for roughly 300 soldiers at a remote location? Trust me, you can get creative and have fun.}, when I was an archivist, I got to set up displays and write descriptions for the pictures, and when I was a librarian, I got to create and maintain our social media accounts… With this position, I’m all admin all the time. My days consist of paperwork, putting out fires, and making sure that things run smoothly. There’s no time or room for creative expression.

As I studied the dried plants through the window, I realized something, they’re not really dead. They’re dormant. In a few short months weeks, they’ll be bursting with color and alive with butterflies and hummingbirds. Within that dried crunchy foliage is hope and life.

Find Beauty in the Brown {Living Outside the Stacks}

So I took out my camera, and started trying to find the beauty in the brown. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says: “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:” And I firmly believe that. Right now, I’m going through a dormant phase in my career. But, it’s up to me to find the beauty in the brown until I can dance in the colors.

Are you going through a dormant phase? How do you deal?

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

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