Welcome to This Journey of Love

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  • Welcome to my world!

    I hope you’ll stay.

    Since Father’s love changed me

    I have something to say.

  • The One who loves me,

    See, He also loves you

    The things He’s done for me

    He will do for you, too.

  • So come with me

    As I follow the Lamb

    Wherever He goes.

    My life’s in His hand.

  • I trust Him and follow Him

    No matter the cost.

    Without His great love for me

    I would be lost.

  • The words that you find here

    I hope will breathe life.

    In each day and moment

    You’ll find His delight.

  • For surely His love for you

    Is greater than you know.

    Come with me now

    To His presence we’ll go.

    P.M.D.

  • Changed By Love and Still Changing

    York, Pennsylvania 2011

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    Katy, Texas 2012

    Mary Jo Peckham Park

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    Katy, TX 2013 Mary Jo Peckham Park

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    Katy, TX Honey Farm, 2014

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    Katy, TX Honey Farm, 2015

    Katy, TX – MKT Railroad Park Caboose and Depot, 2017

    Hi, I’m Penney Douglas. I have been married to my precious husband for 30 years. We have been exceedingly and abundantly blessed with 10 children. They all belong to me and my husband. And to think that I was afraid I would never get married! I got a late start (married at 25 and first child at 27), but I guess late bloomers can blossom profusely once they get started.

    I blog for several reasons. I like to keep a record of what we’re doing in our homeschooling and share ideas for other homeschoolers or moms who like to work and play with their kids. I try to encourage families to keep Christ first in their homes so they can be all that they were made to be. I want to help others to draw closer to God. I hope to glorify God and give Him praise for all that He does for us.

    I am constantly learning, changing and growing. Sometimes I feel like a beginner even though I’ve been a Christian since I was 4 years old and I’ve been homeschooling for about 21 years. And I’ve been living for __ years (long enough!).

    But the Lord has been faithful to keep me and my family on an upward climb drawing nearer to Him in spite of our weaknesses and mistakes.

    He has led us on a crooked path across the United States and back and then some. (From Ohio to Kansas City to Arizona to Colorado, back to Kansas City to Illinois to Pennsylvania and now to Texas!) We are still looking for that place to call home. We hope to find it before the oldest chicks are ready to fly from the nest! But our desire is that they land somewhere near us even when that time comes.

    We are believing God for miracles of provision. We have already seen many. We suffered the loss of our home 13 years ago. Now we live in a different state, and my husband is making more money than ever before. But the money is beside the point. What God did in each of our hearts, convincing us of His reality and His love for us, is worth more than all of the houses or money in the world. But now He has enabled us to help others in need, and we are grateful for the opportunity to bless others.

    Our children are truly gifts from God. They learn from us and teach us so much. I would never have known even a fraction of how much God loves me if I had never had the opportunity to be a mother to my precious children. They are teaching me even more as they grow in wisdom and understanding and we share together what the Lord is teaching us.

    Family was God’s idea. Marriage was His idea. God has good ideas. His ideas work.

    He wants our families to be training grounds for children (and adults) to learn His ways and right ways of relating to God and to people. We learn how to die to ourselves when others are dependent on us, and when we have to learn to get along with the people around us in order to experience peace and harmony. The rough edges are rubbed off as we care enough to be honest with each other and humble ourselves to receive correction even from those younger than ourselves.

    God created us because He wanted a family. That’s more than a trite saying. He created us in His image so that He could have sons and daughters that would look like Him, act like Him and love Him. He wanted to be a father.

    He created you so He could love you. Receive His love for you. Let Him be your Daddy.

    This is what life is about

    Why are we here? Why did God give you life?

    We are here for Him. He made us so He could love us.

    When we realize this, we know our purpose. To glorify Him and enjoy Him and let Him enjoy us.

    Is this how you see life?

    Try it! You’ll like it!

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    The difference between identity and connection

    Have you ever thought about your identity? Do you really know yourself? If so, do you like yourself? Do you love yourself? These are deep questions. These are things we seldom take time to think about. But really we need to take the time to do the introspection necessary to find out how we really see ourselves, and improve anything that needs improvement. That’s the only way we are going to be able to build good, healthy relationships with others.

    The difference between identity and connection ft. @shawncamerond

    Posted by Changed By Love on Saturday, April 13, 2019

    The difference between identity and connection ft. @shawncamerond

    Posted by Changed By Love on Saturday, April 13, 2019

    Take No Prisoners When Fighting Fear

    Fear makes prisoners of us, so let’s be aggressive in our fight against fear.

    Make your escape!

    Don’t lay down and surrender to fear, anxiety, stress, or problems that appear to be giants. Fight back!

    Remember David. With God’s anointing, he killed the giant with one stone.

    Remember Elisha and his servant.

    You, too, can ask the Lord to open your eyes so you can see that there are more for you than against you.

    Think about these things.

    If God is for us who can be against us?

    Nothing is impossible for God.

    Think about this.

    Do you really trust God? Be honest with yourself and with God.

    How much do you trust Him?

    Do you believe the Bible?

    As believers in the Most High God, we don’t need to fear the things that the people fear who don’t have hope in God.

    How can we fight fear?

    Here are a few strategies for aggressively fighting fear – and defeating it.

    Where does fear strike us? In our minds, right? So let’s work on our thoughts.

    Let me ask you this. What is your first thought when you hear about something that is challenging or scary?

    If it is negative or fearful, take that thought captive! Don’t let it make a prisoner of you. Turn the tables, and make it your prisoner.

    And then throw it out! Don’t let it occupy real estate in your brain.

    Think on good things instead.

    Think about how great, powerful, mighty, and loving God is. He is the most powerful being in the universe! And He is on your side. Don’t forget this fact in the midst of the battle against fear.

    Fear is a liar! Remember that in the midst of the struggle.

    All of those feelings and thoughts and fears that tell you that you are going to lose are just a bunch of lies! The enemy tries to make himself look really big and powerful and scary.

    But just think of the wizard of Oz behind the curtain. All that smoke and noise, but just a little ordinary man.

    Or the alien dad, Melvin, in Chicken Little, using his big, scary voice to try to scare the earth creatures. When he came out of his huge robot suit, they discovered that he wasn’t even as big as Chicken Little’s dad!

    That’s how the devil is. He is a big fake. The only thing he can really do is cause us to fear.

    God is way more powerful than the devil.

    And God is in control. And He loves us. And He is faithful to take care of us and do what is best for us.

    Of course, we have to be on speaking terms with Him. And we can’t let fear or anything else separate us from Him. If the devil has built strongholds in our minds, then we have to destroy those strongholds, because they separate us from God.

    And how do we destroy strongholds? We find out how the enemy was able to get in, then we repent, renounce, and come out of agreement with whatever mindset, attitude, behavior, or belief let him get in in the first place.

    Let’s replace negative, fearful thoughts with faith-filled, life-giving, thoughts that expect God to fight for us and win.

    Put on your spiritual armor and fight the enemy with the Word.

    Just like Jesus did. The devil was so arrogant, he thought he could even fool Jesus into obeying him. Jesus wasn’t scared of him. At all. Even though the devil was using scripture, Jesus fought fire with fire. The devil knew the words, but Jesus WAS the Word!

    So when you’re tempted to feel afraid, remember Who is on your side. Remember how powerful and loving He is. And relentlessly, brutally beat back fear. And throw it out on its ear!

    Shawn Speaks about Mind States

    I turned Shawn loose and let him speak about the potential of our mind and thinking.

    His “thoughts” turned to these and other topics:

    How your mind and brain work.
    How your way of thinking affects your life.
    What does it mean to be in a state of flow?
    How to be your best self.
    Would it be good to constantly live in a state of flow?
    Extreme patterns of thinking vs. healthy ways of thinking
    Can you change how you think?
    Be mindful of how you’re thinking.
    Be more productive.
    Be better relationally, like in communication and understanding.
    Be conscious in the moment of how you’re thinking.
    What are you trying to accomplish?
    What will help you to do it?
    Think about it!

    Watch the video here to learn more about how you can learn to control your mindset:

    Mind States

    Shawn and I will be talking about how to think more effectively. Shelly Sangrey Yvonne Hicks @Rosemerry Blash Angel Penn

    Posted by Changed By Love on Friday, March 15, 2019

    What Are You Focusing On?

    I did a Facebook Live about the premise that we can get as close to God as we want to. And we can have as much of God as we want. We decide what we will do with our time and attention. We decide how much time we spend in the Word of God, how much time in prayer and worship every day. How we develop ourselves here during our time on Earth will set up the way we will be when we live in Heaven. The results of our heart work here and now are eternal.

    Let’s get as close to God as we can and become as much like Him as we can.

    It’s up to us how much of God we want in our lives.

     

     

    I read from a devotional from Candice Simmons who, along with her husband, Brian Simmons have written The Passion Translation of the New Testament and are working on the books of the Old Testament. She also included paragraphs from their book “Throne Room Prayer”.

    The Passion Translation is an amazing translation of the Bible that will bring the Bible to life and help you to understand things in a way that were unclear and confusing in other translations.

    Please watch my video below and be inspired and challenged to get closer to God every day and become more like Him all the time and get as much of Him as you can possibly have!

    What are you focusing on?

    Posted by Changed By Love on Thursday, March 14, 2019