<![CDATA[The Rolingers - Nancy\'s Blog]]>Fri, 22 Sep 2017 05:28:27 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Be Kind!]]>Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:00:21 GMThttp://rolinger.org/nancys-blog/be-kindWhat is desirable in a man is his kindness,
And it is better to be a poor man than a liar.
Proverbs 19:22  

I am thinking about kindness today. We should be known for our kindness!

For the despairing man there should be kindness from his friend;
Job 6:14  

Do not let kindness and truth leave you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart.
Proverbs 3:3

She opens her mouth in wisdom,
And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
Proverbs 31:26  

Sow with a view to righteousness,
Reap in accordance with kindness;
Break up your fallow ground,
For it is time to seek the LORD
Until He comes to rain righteousness on you.
Hosea 10:12  

He has told you, O man, what is good;
And what does the LORD require of you
But to do justice, to love kindness,
And to walk humbly with your God?
Micha 6:8  

Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience,
not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?
Romans 2:4  

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Gal 5:22, 23

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted,
forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
Ephesians 4:32  
So, as those who have been chosen of God,
holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion,
kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;
bearing with one another,
and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone;
just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.
Colossians 3:12, 13  

The call today? Be kind!

<![CDATA[Where is your safe place?]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:28:58 GMThttp://rolinger.org/nancys-blog/where-is-your-safe-placeThe name of the LORD is a strong tower;
The righteous runs into it and is safe.
Proverbs 18:10  

Wow, did we have the storms last night! We were driving through flooded water on the way home. I was happy to get inside where I was dry and safe. Where is your safe place in troubles? When temptations and trials come what do you do? God has provided a strong tower to run into! That tower is Him. Run and hide in the character of God. What do you know about Him from the Word? Rest there. Hide there. It’s your safe place! Thank you, Lord.
<![CDATA[What a friend!]]>Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:31:29 GMThttp://rolinger.org/nancys-blog/what-a-friendA friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.
Proverbs 17:17  

When you go through hard times, you can tell who your friends are. They are the ones who stick close and help. Brothers are born for adversity. We’ve all had people we thought were friends who left in our moments of trial. It happens. That's life. These thoughts turned my heart to the Lord Jesus. He is a friend! He loves us so much He gave His life for us. He will never leave us or forsake us. I’m singing a couple songs today.

Earthly friends may prove untrue
Doubts and fears assail;
One still loves and cares for you:
Jesus never fails.
Jesus never fails,
Jesus never fails,
Jesus never fails.

In life's dark and bitter hour,
Love will still prevail;
Trust His everlasting power,
Jesus will not fail.
Jesus never fails,
Jesus never fails,
Jesus never fails.
 A. A. Luther

And this…

There's not a friend like the lowly Jesus,
No, not one!
No, not one!
None else could heal all our soul's diseases,
No, not one!
No, not one!

Jesus knows all about our struggles;
He will guide till the day is done.
There's not a friend like the lowly Jesus,
No, not one!
No, not one!
Johnson Oatman

<![CDATA[Have plans?]]>Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:56:48 GMThttp://rolinger.org/nancys-blog/have-plansThe plans of the heart belong to man,
But the answer of the tongue is from the LORD.
Proverbs 16:1

Commit your works to the LORD
And your plans will be established.
Proverbs 16:3

The mind of man plans his way,
But the LORD directs his steps.
Proverbs 16:10  

What is your plan for the day? These verses stood out to me because every day we plan our work on our house. We plan and then find some new surprise that needs to be addressed and our plans change. Isn't that like life? We make plans, something comes up and totally changes things. How do you live in this uncertainty? The most wonderful truth is that when we commit our plans to God, He directs our steps. He establishes plans. Wonderful! It’s good to be guided by a Good Shepherd who is directing and guiding. Our job is to listen and follow! And rest in His plan. I so needed that reminder. Thanks, Lord!

<![CDATA[Joyful Heart]]>Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:38:26 GMThttp://rolinger.org/nancys-blog/joyful-heartA joyful heart makes a cheerful face,
But when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken.
Proverbs 15:13  

All the days of the afflicted are bad,
But a cheerful heart has a continual feast.
The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer,
But the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

Bright eyes gladden the heart;
Good news puts fat on the bones.
Proverbs 15:30  

I noticed the heart verses today.
If you want a continual feast, your joy can only be found in Jesus.
He’s real. He’s alive. He fills the heart with joy.

Joy, joy my heart is full of joy.
Joy, joy my heart is full of joy.
My Savior dear is ever near
That’s the reason why my heart is full of joy.

<![CDATA[Building Your House]]>Fri, 15 Sep 2017 13:10:26 GMThttp://rolinger.org/nancys-blog/building-your-houseThe wise woman builds her house,
But the foolish tears it down with her own hands.
Proverbs 14:1  

I couldn’t get beyond this verse today. We moved 2 weeks ago into a home that we are basically rebuilding. It was ruined with cat pee and cigarettes. Here’s the thing. We bought the house knowing we would rebuild it. We didn’t buy it for what it was. We bought it for what we’d make of it. God found this cute little house for us in the perfect place. So what’s my job? Build! I have been conquering it, little by little. There is a lot of dark wood trim that is being transformed into white. Ohhhh so pretty! My bedroom in painted “Sea salt.” Yesterday we looked at flooring. I’m planning closets and organizing. I’m planning ahead for each room. I’m making a home that can be open and glorify God. It takes a lot of work to make a home. In the process my home is open. I love it that people stop by. I love being in Rock Island where my people are. I’m loving the adventure and watching what God will make of it.

But is this verse about paint and woods and nails? Not really. It’s about building your relationships in your home with your husband and your children and all who enter. A wise woman expends thought and time and sweat and into making her family a place that glorifies God. It’s work. It takes building! The call to me today, and you, all my women friends, is build your house. Don’t tear it down. Build into your husband and children what God wants. Build into your character the qualities God wants. Build. Think in the Word. Pray. Sweat. Stop being selfish. Let’s be wise women. Work with God. He didn’t buy you for what you were. He bought you for what He’s making of you. Isn’t that wonderful? He has plans. We need to build with Him and watch what He is doing! It’s an exciting rewarding adventure!

<![CDATA[Don't be a fool]]>Thu, 14 Sep 2017 12:56:48 GMThttp://rolinger.org/nancys-blog/dont-be-a-foolThe one who despises the word will be in debt to it,
But the one who fears the commandment will be rewarded.
Proverbs 13:13  

Our attitude toward the Word of God is important. If one doesn’t respect it and count it as God’s word to be obeyed, there will be deep trouble. BUT for the one obeys, there is reward!

Only a fool would ignore God’s word, because ignoring His word is ignoring Him!

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge;
Fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 1:7

Don’t be a fool!

<![CDATA[The Way of Righteousness]]>Wed, 13 Sep 2017 12:42:30 GMThttp://rolinger.org/nancys-blog/the-way-of-righteousnessA man will not be established by wickedness,
But the root of the righteous will not be moved.
Proverbs 12:3  

The thoughts of the righteous are just,
But the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.
Proverbs 12:5  

The wicked are overthrown and are no more,
But the house of the righteous will stand.
Proverbs 12:7  

A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal,
But even the compassion of the wicked is cruel.
Proverbs 12:10  

An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips,
But the righteous will escape from trouble.
Proverbs 12:13 

No harm befalls the righteous,
But the wicked are filled with trouble.
Proverbs 12:21  

The righteous is a guide to his neighbor,
But the way of the wicked leads them astray.
Proverbs 12:26  

What a contrast in this chapter between the way of righteousness and the path of wickedness. This is the bottom line and what I will meditate on today…

In the way of righteousness is life,
And in its pathway there is no death.
Proverbs 12:28

<![CDATA[Generosity]]>Tue, 12 Sep 2017 12:47:11 GMThttp://rolinger.org/nancys-blog/generosityThere is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more,
And there is one who withholds what is justly due,
and yet it results only in want.
The generous man will be prosperous,
And he who waters will himself be watered.
Proverbs 11:24,25  

Today I’m thinking about my dad. He taught me this truth and lived it. If you want to have more, give what you have. It doesn’t make logical sense, but it is a spiritual truth. If you hold on to what you have, you will lose it. If you are generous with what you have, God will be generous to you. What a great reminder today! I'm also thinking about my mom. She taught me if I was discouraged to go do something for someone else and I would be helped. If you water others (serve them) you will be watered.

Give, and it will be given to you.
They will pour into your lap a good measure--
pressed down, shaken together, and running over.
For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.
Luke 6:38

Most of all today I'm thinking about God. He gave to us His most precious Son. He gave everything. What a pattern for giving!

<![CDATA[A message to my sons (and daughters)]]>Mon, 11 Sep 2017 12:40:24 GMThttp://rolinger.org/nancys-blog/a-message-to-my-sons-and-daughtersThe proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a father glad,
But a foolish son is a grief to his mother.
Proverbs 10:1  

I don’t have any physical sons, but I have many spiritual sons (and daughters.)  When one of them does well for the Lord my heart sings! It’s so delightful! On the other hand, when I see a son going down a path that won’t help him, my heart is grieved. Sons! (And daughters!) Listen. Be a joy and live for God! Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness. You won’t regret it. You have two hearts for you. Your mother and God.